Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Weekly Deals

Here are the latest items on sale during this week's Weekly Deals:


Floral Frames Collection Framelits Dies Item # 127012
Regular Price: $27.00 US/$33.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $20.25 US/$24.75 CAN

Crushed Curry Baker's Twine Item # 134586
Regular Price: $3.00 US/$3.75 CAN
Discounted Price: $2.25 US/$2.81 CAN

Handpicked Framelits Dies Item # 137361
Regular Price: $25.00 US/$31.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $18.75 US/$23.25 CAN

Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 137364
Regular Price: $7.50 US/$9.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.63 US/$6.94 CAN

Hearts Border Punch Item # 133784
Regular Price: $16.00 US/$20.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $12.00 US/$15.00 CAN

Gift Box Punch Board Item # 135863
Regular Price: $20.00 US/$25.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $15.00 US/$18.75 CAN

Envelope Punch Board Item # 133774
Regular Price: $20.00 US/$25.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $15.00 US/$18.75 CAN

All items can be purchased here.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Reinking your Ink Pads

I have a new video for you.  I get questions about how to reink your ink pads, so I decided to share my secret for getting even ink coverage and conditioning your pads so they stamp like new.  Check it out:

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Simple Birthday

Here's a card from our September Card Club, a simple, yet elegant card for any occasion.  I used it as a birthday card, and feel it would be perfect for that man in your life who doesn't want frills and bows:

Not quite a single layer card, this starts with a Mossy Meadow card base, with a layer of Pear Pizzazz.  Then comes Whisper White, on which is stamped the many leaves from the beautiful Vintage Leaves set.  They were stamped in Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive and Mossy Meadow ink.

The sentiment, from Petite Pairs was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White and cut out with the Leaflets Framelits.

Popped up on Dimensionls, and then a knot of (retired) Mossy Meadow Striped Satin Ribbon was adhered with a Mini Glue Dot.

The beauty of this card is that it can be used for many occasions; I needed a sympathy card, and used the exact same set, layout and colors, only changing the sentiment for another one from Perfect Pairs.

Beautiful, classy, all occasions...doesn't get much better than that!

Purchase items here.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Weekly Deals

I'm seeing lots and lots of shiny stars...

Remarkable You Clear-Mount Stamp Set Item # 139894
Regular Price: $33.00 US/$41.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $24.75 US/$30.75 CAN

Brights Sequin Assortment Item # 138389
Regular Price: $5.00 US/$6.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.75 US/$4.69 CAN

Stars Framelits Dies Item # 133723
Regular Price: $27.00 US/$33.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $20.25 US/$24.75 CAN

Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folders Item # 135817
Regular Price: $7.50 US/$9.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.63 US/$6.94 CAN

Ornate Tag Topper Punch Item # 137416
Regular Price: $23.00 US/$28.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $17.25 US/$21.00 CAN

Gold 1/8" Ribbon Item # 134583
Regular Price: $5.00 US/$6.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.75 US/$4.69 CAN

Gold Stampin' Glitter Item # 133457
Regular Price: $4.00 US/$5.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.00 US/$3.75 CAN

Want to have some "shine" of your own?  All products can be purchased here.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

September Paper Pumpkin

Have you subscribed to My Paper Pumpkin yet?  If not, maybe you'll want to after seeing this adorable kit that will be perfect for Halloween OR Thanksgiving:

Wanna get in on the fun?  Click "join now" on the right and you'll soon be getting your very own little orange box full of everything you need to make cards and sweet projects like this.

C'mon!  You're gonna LOVE it!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Wacky Watercooler Gang Celebrates the New Catalogs

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Yes, it's time for another Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop, and you know what that means - 15 blogs celebrating the beautiful new Stampin' UP! catalogs--the Annual Catalog and the newer Holiday Catalog.  Our blog hop is circuler--jump on anywhere and click the "next" or "previous" buttons until you've made it all the way around.  If you've just joined me from Kathe's blog, I'm sure you were wowed by her creations!  She always does such great work!

Our challenge this month is to create three samples using new items from our catalogs.  And I had such fun!  I decided to focus on the new Holiday Catalog, and I have one project for each holiday.

What's first?  Why Halloween, of course!

I made a double-sided carrier for my mini-coffee cups.  The Howl-o-ween Treat stamp set with matching Boo to You Framelits Dies were irresistible to me and I couldn't wait to play with them.

I started with two pieces of 5" x 5" Basic Black Card Stock, scored at 1-1/2" on all four sides to create two little boxes.  I stuck them together with a "handle" in the middle, and covered it all with Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper (did you catch the bats design in the paper?  <love>).  Then I used nearly every stamp and framelit in the set to decorate my carrier and cups.

My cups were covered with the DSP and I even used the framelits to cut Black Glimmer Paper (fabulous!!!) embellishments.  Don't miss the little spiders on the stir sticks!  I even had to add pieces of Spider Web Doilies to the tops of the cups.  Such fun!

Then it was time to think about Thanksgiving:

I love fall and all the beautiful, vibrant, rich colors.  So I played with the fabulous Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, using ink pads to color the actual folder.  After inserting my Whisper White Card Stock into the folder, I ran it through my Big Shot, leaving white birch trees with a rich, colorful background.

This card needs little embellishing, so I just stamped the sentiment from Among the Branches using three ink colors, Crushed Curry, Mossy Meadow and Tangelo Twist:

It was punched using the 2" Circle Punch and layered over a strip of Burlap Ribbon (still one of my favorites!).  I also stamped and fussy-cut a bunch of the little leaves, popping two of them up on pieces of Dimensionals around the sentiment; the rest are gathered underneath.

And finally, Christmas:

Now this card is very hard to photograph.  I wish you could see it in person.  It's a double-fold card, with a base of Mossy Meadow, just 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" and not folded.

Next comes a piece of Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper.  This piece is 5-1/4" x 8", folded in half and looking like a traditional card, but attached to the Mossy Meadow base.  I cut an oval in the front, using Oval Framelits.

Here's the special part of this card - inside is a piece of 5" x 7-1/2" Whisper White Card Stock.  This piece is folded in half like a card, but mounted backwards, inside the card.  On the front is a gold ornament; I used Gold Foil Sheets and cut three of the ornaments using the Delicate Ornaments Thinlits Dies.  After embossing them with the Zig Zag Embossing Folder I scored each one down the center, then attached them back to back to create a 3-D ornament.

It actually pops through the oval on the front of the card, yet can fold flat for mailing.

Now opening this layer gives you the full effect:

The holly leaves and sentiment from Embellished Ornaments are stamped on the inside (the holly was embossed with Black Embossing Powder and colored with Stampin' Write Markers), making a very special Christmas card for a very special someone.

And I don't want to forget the sensational Expressions Natural Elements on the front:

I "pounced" Versamark ink all over the element, then heat embossed it using Gold Embossing Powder.   The process was repeated twice, resulting in a very shiny embellishment.  I used the wonderful new Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere it permanently to the front of my card.  

Well that's it for me!  Thanks so much for visiting; I'll have a video on how to make this double-fold card next week, so please come back.

And now go see what Heidi has in store!  She is our fearless leader and always has the best projects!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Wanna do something good? And feel good about it?


Here's a great opportunity to do something good for others while enjoying something for you.

To show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Paper Pumpkin is going PINK!  At least the boxes are!  The October boxes will be a special pretty pink and Stampin' Up! will also be making donations to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). 

They will donate:
  • $1 for every active Paper Pumpkin subscriber.
  • Plus, an additional $1 for every new subscriber.
Here's how can you help:
  1. Subscribe!  If you're new to Paper Pumpkin, click here to get started.  Your first kit will arrive in a limited-edition pink box that you'll want to keep.  Stampin' Up! will donate $2 because you're new!  New subscribers are those who signed up between September 11 and October 10, 2015 and have not been a Paper Pumpkin subscriber at any time in the past. 
  2. If you are already a subscriber, make sure you stay active and have your October kit sent to you.  Stampin' Up! will donate $1 for you as long as your receive your shipment.  Funds will be donated based on the number of subscribers instead of the number of boxes shipped.  But, if you want more than one pink box, you can always increase your subscription quantity by logging into your account at PaperPumpkin.com before October 10.
Stampin' Up! says the October project inside the pink box is just as awesome as always, but says they are letting us know that it is not a pink project.

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) advances the world's most promising research to eradicate breast cancer.  Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF has raised more than $550 million to fuel discoveries in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, survivorship, and metastasis, making it one of the largest non-governmental funders of breast cancer research in the world.  This year BCRF has invested $58.6 million in research, to support over 235 researchers at leading medical institutions across six continents, including $11.6 million to the international Evelyn H. Lauder Founder's Fund focused on metastasis.  By spending 91 cents of every dollar on research and public awareness programs, BCRF remains one of the nation's most fiscally responsible nonprofits.  BCRF is the only breast cancer organization with an "A+" from CharityWatch, and has been awarded Charity Navigator's highest rating of four stars 13 times since 2002.  For more information, please visit: www.bcrfcure.org.

So sign up now!  And if you are already a subscriber, let your friends know about this wonderful opportunity--everybody wins!

And thank you for your support!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Weekly Deals

What?  The Butterflies Thinlits dies are on sale? And the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits?  Super!  Don't have a Big Shot?  (You really NEED one of these.) But there is something for you too... You gotta see this:

Butterflies Thinlits Dies Item # 137360
Regular Price: $25.00 US/$31.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $18.75 US/$23.25 CAN

Brights Designer Buttons Item # 130028
Regular Price: $8.00 US/$10.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.00 US/$7.50 CAN

Fringe Scissors Item # 133325
Regular Price: $10.00 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $7.50 US/$9.38 CAN

Early Espresso 1/4" Cotton Ribbon Item # 134560
Regular Price: $6.00 US/$7.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.50 US/$5.63 CAN

Gold Basic Metal Buttons Item # 133763
Regular Price: $8.00 US/$10.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.00 US/$7.50 CAN

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies Item # 137547
Regular Price: $40.00 US/$49.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $30.00 US/$36.75 CAN

Whisper White 5/8" Satin Ribbon Item # 134549
Regular Price: $7.00 US/$8.75 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.25 US/$6.56 CAN

The Gold Basic Metal Buttons are one of my favorite go-to embellishments, and that Whisper White Satin Ribbon is the BEST to work with.  Get some before these deals are over!

All products can be purchased here.