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Butterfly Brilliance

Hello Stamping Friends,

Stampin’ Up! has a new offering this month that is so cheerful we won’t be sad about the end of Sale-A-Bration!

Drum Roll………

Butterfly Brilliance Bundle

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The ‘Butterfly Brilliance’ stamp set and ‘Brilliant Wings Dies’ are a sneak peak of products in the new annual catalog coming May 4!  However,  the ‘Butterfly Bijou Designer Series Paper’ and the ‘Natural Touch Specialty Paper’  will only be available through May 3 so get them now and get 10% off the bundle!  Use hostess code A3VBV4QZ.

I have openings left at the Stamp A Stack on March 10th at 10:00 or at 1:00.   You will make two cards with this bundle and two with the Hey Birthday Chick Bundle. Space is limited to four people per session so sign up soon.  Cost is $15.  You can also order the card kits from me with full directions and get the bundles online at my store to have the stamps.  The Take A Break Tuesday Facebook Live, March 9, 9:30, will guide you through construction of the four cards.  Text 303-815-0838 to RSVP for the March 10th event or to order the kits.

Can we peak?

Of course!

 

This is a unique stamp set with dies.  All the butterflies are connected on the cling stamp and one of the dies has all the butterflies connected as well, so you can stamp them and then cut them out with one fell swoosh of the Stampin’ Cut and Emboss machine.  The dies also have the individual butterflies to cut them out in beautiful detail.

Even better is the designer series paper with sheets of paper that have the butterflies perfectly aligned on the sheets to cut out with the die.  There are 8 sheets per design so you will have lots of butterflies from the paper before you need to stamp butterflies.  Of course some of the other designs on the paper have a beautiful water color look and you may want to stamp your butterflies and water color them to match!  So many options with this special set offered just in time for spring (March 20) and Easter (April 4).

Here’s another look at the Hey Chick and Hey Birthday Chick Bundles we will be using at the Stamp A Stack:

Hey, I see a little baby chick in those dies that is an extra die beyond the stamps!

He is cute Sal, and the Happy Birthday die and streamers can be used on many cards!  Of course we could build a whole barnyard scene with the fence and chicken coop, chicken wire, and corn stalks!   Check out these samples and visit Pinterest for more…

Join me March 10 to make two butterfly and two chick cards!

Use hostess code A3VBV4QZ if you would like to order these this month!

SAL,   Share A Love of stamping with someone today

Karen (click on Sal in the computer to go to my online store)

Hey Chick is Back and more!

Hello Stamping Friends,

Several years back during Sale-A-Bration we had a very popular stamp set called Hey Chick!   Stampin’ Up! has brought it back –with dies!  Not only are they offering dies for that stamp set they are now offering dies for the Hey Birthday Chick stamp set in the JJ mini!  Take a look see…

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There really are chickens with feathers on their head.  This picture is a Polish Crested Chicken.

Isn’t it cute!!

.   Thanks for the lesson;  many of us have learned something new.  Now can we go back to those dies?

Those dies are definitely fun!  My favorite is the corn stalk, or maybe the cut out Happy Birthday or maybe the chicken wire or the fence or that cool die that looks like twisted crepe paper to decorate for a party or…….

All right all ready!  You just need them all! 

Yes, and because I am a demonstrator, I could order them a month before they were available to the public.  Want to join my team of Carin’ Crafters?  We have a new preorder starting this month for a special butterfly suite you won’t want to miss.  Click Here To Join

Here are a few samples from the home office:

.   Whew….that fast forward video made me dizzy.  

But wasn’t it fun!  Shall we hire chickens to hold down our helium balloons at the next party?

  Like the fuzzy headed one?  Can we keep him?

Not a good idea.  Thank you friends for spending some of your time with me today.  I hope you are smiling by now!

February host code is:  TMARBUUM. Use this code for club orders or if your order is under $150.  At $150 you will get the hostess rewards yourself.  Under $150 the dollars only get credited to someone if you use a hostess code.  Contact me to join an ongoing club or gather a few friends to create one of your own.  stampalosopher@gmail.com

SAL,  Smile A Little

Karen

To order online click on Sal in the computer.

 

Do you remember Stampin’ Up! ever bringing back a stamp that was retired years ago?

 

 

 

For The Love of Fall

Hello Stamping Friends,

I do so love fall!  However, I would really like fall to come before winter, yet yesterday and today we have had snow here in Castle Rock, CO, so it looks like winter.

Maybe it is all those Christmas cards you are making that brought on winter. 

Now Sal, let’s just call it coincidence and Colorado’s unpredictable weather, okay?

We have two fall cards for you today and a Facebook Live video if you prefer videos over words, though the recipes follow.

    

Someday I will teach Sal to push the ‘Go Live’  and ‘Start Streaming’ buttons so I can look at the camera.  I have heard there is a way to edit the Facebook Lives and delete the first part so that is a skill I need to learn.

Before I post the recipes for the cards let’s take a moment to look at the Stampin’ Up! news for the month:

The Stampin’ Cut and Emboss machine is available for purchase!

Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine

This machine has a wide 6″ (15.2 cm) platform that works with all Stampin’ Up! dies and embossing folders. Includes 1 Base Plate (Plate 1), 1 Die Plate (Plate 2), 2 Cutting Plates (Plate 3), and 1 Specialty Plate (Plate 4). #149653, $120.

Here are four videos (less than two minutes each) to show you the details of the new machine:

               

Magnetic Cutting Plate

Thin, fully magnetic sheet with self-healing cutting surface. Magnetic Cutting Plate (Plate 5) holds dies securely in place, even nested dies. This slim, portable sheet replaces a Cutting Plate in your sandwich, making it even easier to take with you. Use with the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine.  #149656  $24

What a beautiful machine!  The mini version of the machine is not available yet, but we hope soon.  All the plates are available to purchase separately and the specialty plate works with our 3D embossing folders just like the blue plate we had in the past.

Paper Pumpkin for September-  You must subscribe by tomorrow!  Click on the image:

Name:   Hello Pumpkin

Details:

  • Kit contains enough supplies to create 20 cracker box treat packages.
  • Each cracker box treat package can be customized to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, the autumn season, or all three!
  • Coordinating Colors: Bumblebee, Basic Black, Cajun Craze, Cinnamon Cider, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, white

September’s kit is a must-have for those who love to celebrate all things spooky. But, for those who don’t enjoy the Halloween haunts, the multi-occasion stamp set combined with a variety of die-cut and reversible paper pieces offers many ways to customize your fall crafts!

The Hello Pumpkin Paper Pumpkin Kit includes enough supplies to create projects celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the autumn season. Make them all the same, or mix ‘n’ match!

While this kit was designed to offer a unique treat packaging experience to subscribers, the supplies can easily be used to create cards for any autumn occasion. Don’t worry—we’ll be sure to provide plenty of project inspiration to spark your creativity!

The Clearance Rack has been restocked:

Join our team of “Carin’ Crafters” and get more products!

  • In addition to the regular starter kit (for $99 USD/$135 CAD, new recruits choose $125 USD/$165 CAD-worth of products) new recruit will also receive enough cardstock pieces to make 16 cards, a pack of Rhinestone Basic Jewels, the So Much Love stamp set, and the Queen Anne’s Lace stamp set—all for their first event.

     

There is so much going on in September, and I just attended Leader’s Summit so I have lots of ideas to make being a part of the team fun. I would love to have you JOIN NOW!

    I want to see how you made that cool pumpkin!

Good plan, let’s get started with my favorite part – teaching!

Simply Thankful

I am casing a card that Rosanne Mulhern of Heartfelt Stampin’ made last year but changing the products to current products and using the Mini Curvy Keepsakes dies to make a pumpkin instead of the Apple Builder punch she used.

   

  • Stamp Set:   Country Home
  • Punches:  Medium Daisy Punch,  3/8″ Circle Punch for the Black Eyed Susan

Dies:

  • Mini Curvy Keepsakes Box Dies for the pumpkin and its stem
  • Gathered Leaves Dies for the five leaves in different colors
  • Banner Blooms Dies for the pumpkin vine
  • Forever Flourishing Dies for the little crumb cake accents
  • Rectangle Stitched Dies

  Did you enter a challenge to see how many dies you could use on one card?

No, I am just stepping out of my comfort zone to make a collage type card.  Wait ’til you see the wreath collage I made with the Forever Flourishing dies.  Next post!

Recipe for Simply Thankful:

  • Base:  Basic Black, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4.
  • Barnwood Layer:  In Good Taste Designer Series Paper (DSP), 4 X 5 1/4.
  • Black Layer:  3 1/2 X 4 3/4 cut with the Rectangle Stitched Die;  TIP: use wax paper between the die and the cardstock.  Emboss the greeting in white slightly to the right and then use Black Stampin Dimensionals to adhere.
  • Pumpkin:  Pumpkin Pie Cardstock 2 1/4 X 2, make 2 with the Mini Curvy Keepsakes Die using just the handle section not the slot section of the die.  Before trimming down to size and making the bottom and top circular, lay one section 1/4″ over top of the second section and score a line following the curve of the section. Repeat on the other side.  Score the line, color it with a Pumpkin Pie Marker and then sponge it.  Do the same on the second section if you want to choose between the two sections for which one looks best for the top.  Cut the bottom and top of each section to shape the pumpkin.  Sponge all the edges of both sections and down the middle of the top section. Cut one section in half and glue each half behind the front section.
  • Pumpkin Stem:  Cinnamon Cider, 2 X 7/8, Cut with the handle of the Die.  (This can be run  at the same time as the pumpkin sections.) Cut in half, trim off excess and use a crumb cake marker to add a few lines.   
  • Pumpkin Vine:  Garden Green, 1 X 2, make 2 with the Banner Blooms Dies.
  • Medium Leaf: Cajun Craze, 2 X 2, the leaves are all cut with the Gathered Leaves Dies.  Sponge the veins lightly and then the edges on all the leaves with their corresponding inks.
  • Medium Leaf: Old Olive, 2 X 2, sponge
  • Large Leaf:  Daffodil Delight, 2 X 2, sponge
  • Large Leaf:  Merry Merlot, 2 X 2, sponge
  • Small Leaf:  Mango Melody, 1 1/2 X 1 1/2, sponge
  • Black Eyed Susan:  Mango Melody, 2 X 2 for each Medium Daisy Punch. You need six punched flowers so a 2 X 8 plus a 2 X 4 strip will work. Sponge the center with Mango Melody. Adhere two together with a glue dot.
  • Inside of flowers:  Early Espresso, 1 X 3, Punch with 3/8″ or 1/2″ circle punch. Adhere with a glue dot.
  • Inside Layer:  Mango Melody 4 X 5 1/4
  • Bottom Strip on Inside:  In Good Taste Designer Series Paper (DSP), 4 X 1/2.

Now the fun part of creating your collage!  Start with the pieces on top of the pumpkin and work to the back.  I used glue dots- lots of glue dots!

Other options for making a pumpkin are the Apple Builder Punch or using five circles or five ovals to layer together.

Beautiful Moments

     

  • Stamp Set:   Beautiful Moments
  • Punch:  Moose Punch
  • Embossing Folder:  Woodland

Dies:

  • Circle Die for the frame
  • Poinsettia Die for the oak leaf greeting
  • Sweet Silhouettes Die for the tree
  • Dockside Dies for the grass and cattails

Recipe for Beautiful Moments:

  • Base:  Cajun Craze, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4.
  • Aspen Grove Layer:  Very Vanilla, 4 X 5 1/4, Embossed with the Woodlands Folder after the folder is inked on the indent side with Crushed Curry.  I turn the ink pad upside down and tap it on the folder.
  • Tree:  Mango Melody, 3 1/2 X 5, die cut with the Sweet Silhouette Tree Die.  Tip: Use two folded up dryer sheets underneath your cardstock to make removing the little bits quite easy since they stick to the dryer sheet.  The tree trunk and limbs are colored with the Dark Soft Suede Stampin’ Blend.  The far left side of the tree has a limb that will need cut off so you can attach the trunk of the tree with a glue dot at the bottom left behind the circle frame.  (I glued that little branch in the inside of the card as you see above.)  Adjust the tree so that all the leaves will be inside the card borders.  When you are completely done, place a small amount of Tombow glue on the silicon sheet and use a toothpick to add bits of glue to the leaves to attach to the circle.
  • Circle Frame:  Cajun Craze 4 1/2  X 4 1/2, Die cut with two layered circle dies to create the frame. Sponge the inside and outside of the frame with Cajun Craze and mount the tree at the bottom left behind the circle. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the frame.  You will need a dimensional at the thickest part of the trunk of the tree.
  • Green grass and cattails:  Pear Pizzaz, 2 1/2 X 3; die cut two grass sections from the Dockside Die.  Color the cattails with Early Espresso and sponge the grass with Crumb Cake to give it that end of the summer look.
  • Moose:  Early Espresso, 2 1/4 X 2, punched with the moose punch and sponged on the edges.
  • Greeting:  Very Vanilla, 2 1/4 X 1 1/2 , die cut with the leaf in the Poinsettia Dies.  Stamp with the “collect beautiful moments” from the Beautiful Moments stamp set, sponge the edge with pumpkin pie, then add an orange rhinestone.  Glue to the circle but add a tiny dimensional to the left edge to attach to the aspen grove layer.
  • Inside:  Very Vanilla,  4 X 5 1/4, the little tree limb is glued to the inside corner .

Did I forget anything, Sal?

   I sure hope not or you will have so many instructions you will lose your audience.

Paul, my DH, looks at these and says “another Karen card”.  I keep telling him someday I will learn to make clean and simple cards but I always want to challenge myself.  He suggested I call them Carin’ Cards to reflect a Caring Karen.  He got a kiss for that!   So I decided our team should be called Carin’ Crafters for the caring and sharing card makers that we are and yet a bit of a spoof on Karen vs. Carin’.  What do you think?

Take a look around the new shop!  We have new software to make the shopping experience better.  I will be back soon to post the swaps and mystery cards we made in August.

SAL,  Sighing A Lot as summer leaves us

Karen

Hostess code for September:  SA9YHAC3

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Ornate Garden Suite

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess code through April 25th:  RH4REUGF

Stampin’ Up! is letting us order from a new suite of products that will be in the June annual catalog!

  Uh oh…… I see lots of daisies – better grab the checkbook, Dad, or the grocery money will be gone!

But Sal, we are isolating in our homes and Stampin’ Up! is still delivering fun new products to help us keep our sanity.  The home office has set up new schedules to protect their employees who can’t work from home so they stay safe yet are able to process and ship our orders.   The shipping is only about one day later than normal.  For those of us in Colorado, that means four days instead of three until we receive our crafting supplies.

Watch this Ornate Garden Suite video from the home office:

Checkout this paper with gold foil designs on some of the sheets:


That’s a lot to choose from.  What if they need (want) it all?

Then you order the suite, Sal!  With just one product number they will get it all!

Here is a pdf FLYER if you would like to print it out.

Look at this foil paper with a bit of coloring and the use of two of the border dies and the Old Olive ribbon:

 

This sample shows the detail of the Ornate Floral Embossing Folder, different Ornate Border Dies and the Terracotta Tile ribbon.

This next sample shows the uniqueness of the large greeting paired with the small words in the Ornate Thanks stamp set.  The Ornate Layers Die is used and the long rectangle die in the set will be a nice addition for a longer version of the stitched rectangles.  Note the Gilded Gems and the five flowers stamped from the single flower in the Ornate Style Stamp set, fussy cut and then layered on top of each other for a nice edge to the greeting.

And the final sample uses the Ornate Layers dies and that cool corner stamp in the Ornate Style Stamp set.  Did you notice the little bit of designer series paper underneath the greeting?

Let’s take a closer look at the samples shown on the flyer.  The first two use the single daisy stamp with Ornate Borders:

I had to look twice but the Ornate Thanks stamp set does have the “I’m” stamp shown above.  There is a clump of little flowers in the Ornate Style Stamp set and the tiny flowers on the ‘So Grateful’ card used fussy cuts from that stamp.  The ‘So Grateful’ card also uses Versa Mark to stamp the scrolly design on the Grapefruit Grove card stock but I couldn’t get it to zoom in enough to show you.

Those samples use every stamp in the Ornate Style Stamp set!!

Yes, indeed!  Thank you, Stampin’ Up!

Hostess code through April 25th:  RH4REUGF

I have tentatively scheduled Tuesday, June 9th, for our first weekday club and Saturday, June 13th, for the weekend club.  Both will start at 9:30.  We are starting a new year of rotations so please let me know if you are interested.  I would love to have two weekday clubs so tell your friends and text me at 303-814-8799 or email stampalosopher@gmail.com . 

Stay safe and stay sane!

SAL,    Stamping A Lone (poetic license)

Karen

PS  Today and tomorrow, the 10th, are the last days to order the April Paper Pumpkin kit.  You won’t want to miss this one to bless your family:

PPSS:  If you order the suite and one month of Paper Pumpkin (#137858) you will have earned $15 in free products of your choice.

  Just saying………

 

Sending Flowers Dies & Sale A Bration New Products Release Today

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess Code for Wednesday, March 11:  TAAMWPTR

Hostess Code for Saturday, March 14:  K2YHG6BG

Today, March 3, is the start of the ordering period for the new Sale A Bration Products free with a $50 or $100 order.

Click on the image for a pdf of the new brochure.  Previous Sale A Bration items are listed in the last pages of the brochure.

I’m confused. Isn’t Sale A Bration over at the end of March?

Tradition, Sal, tradition.  We want to keep the fun of the event going by offering more products as we have done in past years.  One year they even added additional products the last week of Sale A Bration.  Who knows?  I will keep you posted.

My favorite is this Flowering Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Click on the image to view a Youtube video:

 

  

Click on either image to see a Youtube video demonstrating this product and then click on the vellum image to meet Holly and see the paper she developed in vellum:

  

Wow!  Holly was really over the top excited about that vellum!

Yes, she is and she is so fun!  That is the last product video but there are two other products:

 

 

  And you made lots of examples to show us, right? 

Thankfully, the videos have several examples and in two days Pinterest will be buzzing with all the new cards.

I do have one card to show you using the Sale A Bration ‘Sending You Thoughts’ free stamp set and its coordinating ‘Sending Flowers Dies’.

But that stamp set doesn’t have any flowers to cut out?!

No, but the dies have two labels which fit some of the greetings perfectly, one label is scalloped and one label has polka dots for all my polka dot loving stampers.  Take a look see:

  

The background paper is a foil paper in the ‘From My Heart Specialty Designer Series Paper’ (DSP) in the mini catalog.  The picture doesn’t do the foil justice.

Instructions

Base:  Thick Whisper White  5 1/2 X 8 1/2 Scored at 4 1/4

Layer 1:  DSP (Designer Series Paper)  4 X 4

Top Layer:  Thick Whisper White  4 1/8  X  5 3/8;  Place the die 3/8″ up from bottom

Greeting:  Whisper White strip  3/8 X 2 3/4

Backing for greeting and inside strip on bottom:  DSP  3 3/4 X 2

Ribbon:  6″

This is such a great set of greetings, and it is free with a $50 order.  My last post showed a get well card with this stamp set and a happy birthday card.

If you make a graduation card and thank you card, you will have used every stamp in the set!

Yes indeed, which makes it a nice set of greetings to add to the collection!

Hostess Code for Wednesday, March 11:  TAAMWPTR

Hostess Code for Saturday, March 14:  K2YHG6BG

Use a hostess code if your order is under $150.  At $150 you will earn the hostess benefits yourself!

This month is the last month of our annual club rotations so contact me if you are interested in joining for next year.  Each member gets to be the hostess once during the year and earn free products.

Thanks for stopping by!  If you don’t have a demonstrator I would love to earn your business.  Click on Sal to go to the store. Click on the calendar to check out upcoming events.

SAL,  Springs A Lurking –somewhere

Karen

                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coordinating Products for the New Mini and the Sale A Bration brochure

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hostess Code:  4F2AMKAW,  January 20 – February 19

Stampin’ Up! has some incredible coordinating products to make our projects stunning ( and easier)!  There is a video at the end of this post with clear examples.   The products are available on February 4th and will probably sell out quickly so mark your calendars and have your order ready to input!  Call me if you need assistance.   Use the hostess code above if your order is under $150 or be the first person to call me to host a workshop in February and I will assign the code to you.  Demonstrators can order one of each of these products right now.  I can help you sign up to be a demonstrator if you would like to be part of the team and buy products at a discount and be first to see (and purchase) new products.

 

Host a workshop in February and we will make any two of the above projects!

Paper Pumpkin

During Sale A Bration you have the chance to order free products with a $50 or $100 order.  If you order a prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription through online ordering, your subscription will count toward earning the free products.

This is a sneak peak from Paper Pumpkin and I love!! the colors.  This kit is also a coordinating product to use with the free Happy Birthday To You stamp set in the Sale A Bration catalog.

Click HERE to subscribe for only one month!

Click HERE to place an online order to subscribe for more than one month.  

Click HERE to go to the catalog page and see the free products you could get during Sale A Bration and shop the other catalogs!

Note:  If you are already a subscriber to Paper Pumpkin you can still order a prepaid subscription and sign in to your paper pumpkin account and enter the prepaid code (this will be sent to you in an email) to get the next month’s subscriptions paid for by the code. Remember, you can suspend any month you don’t want a kit and it will be sent the next month.  You can do this repeatedly.  For example, I suspended December and then suspended January and now will be receiving February’s kit with my prepaid subscription.  The home office has been giving us sneak peaks the last few months so I will keep you posted as I see what is coming and you can decide if you want to suspend or receive you monthly kit.

Call if you have questions!

SAL,  Sharing A Lot this lovely winter day

 

 

 

New Paper Trimmer / Exclusive Christmastime Is Here Suite

Hello Stamping Friends,

Welcome to November!  With November we have exciting news – the new paper trimmer is available and we have an exclusive Christmas Stamp Suite – not just a little stamp set or a nice bundle but an entire suite of matching products!  Of course you can order them separately but who would want just a little – not us!  The more the merrier!

    Slow down, Karen, did you say the new trimmer is here?!

Yes, indeed- take a look see:

I looked at a dozen or so reviews on Youtube and found a short one with Mary Deatheridge:

 

Click on the image to see the Youtube video.

Okay, SAL, can I move on to the Christmastime Is Here Suite?

  Do you have a video for the suite?

Yes, here is a video from Frenchie Stamps that details the products:

Did you note in the video that the die will cut out one of the rose bouquets on the designer series paper?  Nice!!

This is available while supplies last so don’t tarry if you like it!

 

Every year Stampin’ Up! has demonstrators apply to be on the Artisan Design Team.  It is an honor to be selected and these demonstrators are amazing and will show you these new products used in a project.   Join me for their fun blog hop; just click on the link above which will take you to the first blog and then, usually toward the bottom of the post,  you will see the banner to visit the other blogs.  Have fun!

If you are new to my blog, I would love to earn your business by supporting you in this fun hobby of stamping.

Club Wednesday, November 13th, Hostess code  G3F9AGKF

Club Saturday, November 16th, Hostess code  KK2W344T

Stamp A Stack of Christmas cards, December 4th and 7th at 9:30am.  RSVP at the calendar below.

SAL,  Snow A Little, Snow A Bunch, Stay warm and Stamp A Lot

         

 

 

 

Happy May Day!

Happy May Day Stamping Friends,

The lilacs will soon be blooming, the yellow finch will return and the grass will be green!!  YAY!!  I know, I know, it was snowing yesterday and raining today but……..  it is spring in Colorado.

Today Stampin’ Up! is offering a medley of products all bundled together with matching ribbon and designer series paper and lots more….  It is available until May 31 or until sold out!

The video above will give you a close up of the products.  Aren’t they beautiful?  The gold edged navy blue ribbon is my favorite, or maybe the DSP, or the little mirror circles, or……..  Hah!  I don’t need to choose a favorite since I get it all in the product medley!

Here are samples from the home office.

The item code is #150059 and the cost is $80.  One of my fellow demonstrators calculated what it would cost to buy everything individually and reported that it is a fair price.  You just need to add some basic card stock and adhesive to be ready to create beautiful projects.

While you are ordering you might want to replenish your paper inventory.  I use a color inventory chart to keep on top of my supplies:

Color Inventory Chart 17-19

Color Inventory Chart 17-19 Excel File

Color Inventory Chart 17-19 pdf file

The new Annual Catalog starts in June and costs will go up a bit.  Price Increases pdf file

Cardstock prices go up only .25 to .50 depending on the size but embossing powder and foil sheets go up $1.00.

Hostess codes for May:

Tuesday club:  TQJWVPRX  Jo will be our hostess and guests are welcome.  Click on the calendar at the side of the blog for details.

Saturday club:  DP7XS3NC  Lisa will be our hostess and guests are welcome.  Click on the calendar at the side of the blog for details.

Why use a code?  For club members, their club commitment is fulfilled and their hostess gets the credit.  If you are not a club member you will help out our hostess and not leave free hostess dollars on the table that no one uses.  Of course if your order is $150 or more you DO NOT use the code since you will get the hostess rewards yourself.

May Paper Pumpkin is special with our co-founder Shelli Gardner designing the kit.

You can order the Paper Pumpkin kit with a prepaid subscription code.

The cost of the kits will go up $2.05 with the new catalog so you would be well advised to buy several months before the cost rises.  You can always suspend your subscription for a month you know you won’t be home to craft.  The subscription will stay active and paid up.  You can keep suspending each month by the 10th of the month. Click on the above to go to my online store.   I love to subscribe September, October and November so I get the Halloween kit, the Thanksgiving kit and the Christmas card kit but I think this May kit will be special so I will buy a subscription and then be able to suspend through the summer.  Standard shipping of 10% or $6.95 does apply on prepaid subscriptions so don’t buy a subscription if it is your only purchase.   The month to month plan through Paper Pumpkin’s site is $19.95 per month and includes shipping.  You only pay taxes based on your home address so the kit runs around $21.50 in total.  Click below to go to the Paper Pumpkin site and sign up:

The kit the picture shows is the April kit!  It had a distINKtive stamp set and lovely embellishments.

One last point to note – THE CLEARANCE RACK HAS BEEN RESTOCKED! 

 

Okay, one last, last point – the retiring products are here for only one more month.  Click to go to the online store:

Have a wonderful day!

SAL,    Send A Lovely May day box (I am thinking one of our pop up card boxes full of flowers)

Box Card pdf file with detailed instructions and more examples

Karen

Storage by Stampin’ Up! Your Space.Your Way. New Line of Stampin’ Up! Products

Hello Stamping Friends,

It has been all over social media but I like to wait until you can actually order the products before presenting them.  Well, today is the day that the new Stampin’ Storage line of products is available to everyone to order!  Let’s start with a quick video from the home office- click the picture:

Now let’s look at the individual pieces and prices:

PS:   At convention in Orlando we used that lovely Floral Grid Paper and it has only been available to demonstrators until today!

Here is a configuration tool to help you decide what you need and a set of frequently asked questions:


I will order a set to display at the April Luncheon on Saturday, April 13, or Tuesday, April 16.  Click HERE for details or to RSVP. 

As a special bonus, order $75 or more of this or any product during the month of April with hostess code KTHPFHPP and I will make you a set of five Delightful Daisy cards with a design similar to the one created and shown here by Janice Laroche:

 

If you ordered one each of the storage units, the grid paper and one month of a prepaid Paper Pumpkin you would hit the $75 total.

Did you like that video-(click on the last line above if you missed it)?  Maybe we should add sponge daubers #133773 to our order.  The stamp set Tanner used is on page 110 of the catalog:

‘Healing Hugs’ is a great get well stamp set that is easy to overlook in the catalog and a necessary addition to our collection.

I followed a rabbit trail to the craft quotations on Pinterest and laughed so hard I…….well you don’t need to know the rest.  Here is one from The Funny Beaver.com:

 

I am off to order the storage boxes and plan the luncheon!  Be sure and RSVP soon.  The hostess code is KTHPFHPP.

SAL,  Smile A Little

Karen

Peaceful Place Bridge Fold Card

Hello Stamping Friends,

The new hostess code is:  TJPDW3JC, use this code if your order is under $150 and we won’t lose the hostess benefits.  If your order is $150 or more you earn the hostess rewards yourself!

I have a Bridge Fold Card for you today using:

  • Peaceful Place Stamp set, page 59 of the annual catalog, item #146689 in clear, #146686 in wood
  • Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper, page 189, #146338
  • Botanical Tags Thinlits, page 20, #146824 or bundle with the stamp set in clear or wood.
  • Leaf Ribbon, page 200,  #146905
  • Linen Thread, page 201, #104199
  • Whisper White Baker’s Twine, page 201, #124262
  • Tranquil Tide 1/4″ Velvet Ribbon, page 37 of the Holiday Catalog, #147802
  • Tools: Big Shot, Versa Mark and White Embossing Powder, Tranquil Tide Paper and Ink, Adhesives & scissors

The green is the rich Tranquil Tide and so much better in real life.  The card folds down either to the left or right to fit perfectly in our envelopes.

  • Base,  Gray Granite,  8″ X 4 1/4″, scored at   1 1/4″,  2 1/2″,  5 1/2″,  6 3/4″
  • Middle Layer,  Tranquil Tide,  4″ X  2 3/4″
  • Panels,  Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper,  4″  X  1″  make 4
  • Bridge Base, Tranquil Tide, 5 1/2″ X 1 1/4″
  • Bridge Top Layer, Gray Granite, 5 1/4″ X  1″
  • Bird Cut Out, 2 1/2″  X  2 1/2″
  • Scrap of Gray Granite to cut out birds
  • Tranquil Tide Velvet Ribbon,  6 1/2″, this gives you 1/2″ to lap on each side
  • Leaf Ribbon,  8 leaves cut out and 4 layered on each side of greeting with glue dots
  • Linen Thread, 12″,  6″ for each side
  • Baker’s Twine, Whisper White, 12″,  6″ for each side, Tie a bow together with the linen thread

Stamp the tree scene in Versa Mark, apply white embossing powder and heat.  I used Tranquil Tide ink for the greeting and set up the Stamparatus so I could stamp it, reink and stamp again to get a nice dark image.  I am loving this tool!  Attach one side of the bridge to the very edge using double back tape and then fold over that side to apply the other side of the bridge to the opposite edge with your double back tape.

I see lots of potential for Christmas cards using our lovely Designer Series Paper.  The birds could have a tiny ornament on a metallic thread hanging from their beaks.  Hmmmm……. it’s fun to get in the design mode!  I would love to see what bridge fold cards you make!

Stampin’ Up! had a special announcement for us at last week’s convention in Orlando.  They are introducing “Cling Stamps” and  they are no longer going to carry the wood stamps or the clear stamps as we used to know them.  The cling stamps look just like the clear stamps with the nice red rubber and the labels all look the same – until you attach them.  The label is made of a new product which clings really well to the blocks!  No more putting two way glue on the back of our stamps! They warned us, though, that both sides are very “clingy” so you need to be extra careful in putting the label on since you won’t be able to pull it up and reposition it.  Wood will still be used on the large background stamps, otherwise our options will be ‘cling’ or ‘photopolymer’.

They also had another announcement.  They have a Stamparatus bag!  It will be available for you to purchase December 5! It could be under the Christmas tree for you;  just have that special someone call me and I will order it (secretly)!

While you are thinking Christmas gifts, you might want to consider gifting Paper Pumpkin.  You can order Paper Pumpkin in the online store and you will be emailed a code and a link to Paper Pumpkin.  You will give the very fortunate recipient the code and they will go online to enter their Paper Pumpkin gift under their own email.  Be sure they know that they do not enter their payment information since you have already paid for it.

1-month, item # 137858;   3-month, #137859;   6-month, #137860;  12 month, #137861

You could make a Christmas card with an insert for a gift card and your shopping for them is done- and you have the fun of creating a card instead of braving the crowded mall!

SAL,   Stamp A Lot of Christmas cards  (the Stamparatus will simplify the process)

Karen  Click on SAL to go to the online store.

 

 

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