Red, White and Blue, Celebrate the 4th Card

Red, White and Blue, Celebrate the 4th Card

Happy 4th of July! I hope that where ever you are you are with family or friends and enjoying a safe holiday weekend! We are BBQ’ing, which is my favorite thing ~ along with spending the day in the pool.

So, I made a card because I could! I bought the star framelits a few months ago and I just needed to break them in.

Stitched Stars Dies #150653

Create various custom die-cut stars with faux stitching and more in record time using the Stitched Stars Dies.

Dies help you create unique die-cut shapes with just a quick run through your die-cutting and embossing machine. Detailed dies include ejection holes so you can remove the paper easily.

* 23 dies
* Largest die: 3-7/8″ (9.8 cm)
* Use with a die-cutting and embossing machine

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xoxo,

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Back To Basics: Punches ~ with Stampin’ Up!

Back To Basics: Punches ~ with Stampin’ Up!

I know you must be thinking,

“Renee, seriously, punches…”

…but my response to you would be YES PUNCHES!!!

I have always loved punches and when I first started with Stampin’ Up! I didn’t own a Big Shot personal die cutting machine. I used scissors and punches where ever I could.

NOW, even with a personal die cutting machine, I go to my punches more times than not and Stampin’ Up! makes it easy.

Stampin’ Up! punches help to create convenient cut out shapes in a flash ~ no fussy cutting required. Many of our punches are designed to work with specific stamp sets so you can easily punch out stamped images.

I feel repetitive but punches are a quick and easy way to create die-cut shapes that add interest and depth to your projects. They are designed as a great way to cut out stamped images. In fact many of our stamp sets have coordinating punches. All of Stampin’ Up! punches are high quality, affordable, and easy to use. They have a sleek body style, and lock to store. They are slim and stackable with other punches of their same size. They provide a large area for precise cutting and leverage.

Check out PUNCHES here!

I always store my punches closed. It keeps the spring mechanisms from wearing out. A lot of people store them in crazy places on IKEA rods and such. I just store them on my desk or book case, if they are seasonal and not always used.

If you haven’t invested in any punches, start with one and before you know it you will own several.

Are You Ready To Start Stamping?

Don’t forget that your order can qualify you for Paper Craft Addict VIP rewards when you use the hostess code and any purchase, $30.00 or more in my online store, with the code, gives you an extra gift from me, EVERY TIME you order.

JULY MEANS BONUS DAYS!

For Every $50.00 you spend in July you receive $5.00 to spend in August.

Thanks for stopping by today and taking a closer look at stampin’ up punches. I’ll see you again soon!

xoxo,

If you’d like any of the supplies, to shop, or to get a FREE catalog, please feel free to contact me, and of course you can shop now online Stampin Up! US directly through me by clicking the ‘shop now’ button!

Box of Sunshine ~ June 2020 Paper Pumpkin

Box of Sunshine ~ June 2020 Paper Pumpkin

Put together a thoughtful box of sunshine–a fun, yellow box filled with yellow snacks, gifts, and other goodies–and create warm, sunny cards with the Box of Sunshine Paper Pumpkin Kit! In this month’s summery kit–inspired by Sara, the CEO of Stampin’ Up!–you’ll unbox enough supplies to design eight brightly-patterned card bases and coordinating envelopes. Plus, you’ll have plenty of pieces you can use to transform the yellow Paper Pumpkin box into a box of sunshine! Whether you’re sending a sweet summer card or leaving a box of sunshine on a front porch, the Box of Sunshine Paper Pumpkin Kit has everything you need to brighten someone’s day.

More Ideas

Looking to slide the instructions aside and try out a new technique? Check out our blog for some inspiration! There, you’ll find additional project samples designed by our talented concept artists. Or, if you’re feeling really inspired, use this month’s kit to come up with fresh, one-of-a-kind ideas that are uniquely yours!

Whether you’ve chosen to replicate our designs or create your own, we want to see what you’ve come up with! Share your work on social media using the hashtags #paperpumpkin and #boxofsunshine. We can’t wait to see how you’ve been sharing sunshine with your creations!

Coordinating Products

Click here for a list of coordinating products.

Kit Features

The Box of Sunshine Paper Pumpkin Kit includes 8 printed card bases—2 each of 4 designs—and envelopes, 2 sheets of black dotted die cuts, 1 sheet of white and gold die-cut sentiment labels, 5 sheets of brightly-colored die-cut fruit and sun shapes, 1 sheet of die-cut stickers to embellish the box of sunshine, 1 sheet of iridescent rhinestones, 1 sheet of adhesive dots, and 1 sheet of dimensionals. And, of course, the exclusive 8-piece Box of Sunshine Photopolymer Stamp Set and an Archival Black Stampin’ Spot!

Coordinating Stampin’ Up! Colors: Basic Black, Bumblebee, Crushed Curry, Poppy Parade, Shaded Spruce, white, gold

Mini Paper Pumpkin Boxes

Want to make another box of sunshine? We have just what you need. The Mini Paper Pumpkin Boxes (item #153069) from the newly-released Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog are now available for purchase! You can use the leftover supplies from June’s kit to decorate these boxes, or mix it up by using some of your favorite Stampin’ Up! products instead. However you choose to decorate, having these boxes on-hand will allow you to share sunshine all year long! Click here (US|CA) to stock up.

What is Paper Pumpkin?

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription service by Stampin’ Up!—a leader in the world of stamping, papercrafting, and cardmaking. We offer a variety of high-quality products including stamps, ink, paper, accessories, and tools. Our products are not sold in stores but may be purchased at home parties or online through a network of independent sales consultants called Stampin’ Up! demonstrators. For over two decades, demonstrators around the world have been sharing creativity and the joy of worthwhile accomplishments. Your demonstrator can be involved as much or as little as you like, would be happy to introduce you to new products and techniques, and wants to help you have the best creative experience possible!

Paper Pumpkin is the perfect way to jump into the world of papercrafting and get your creative “me-time” every month. We deliver all the stamps, ink, and paper you need to create a fun project, without any stress. Everything is precut and ready to go so you can skip to the fun part of crafting! Our subscribers always have cards and cute gifts on hand for every occasion. Your first kit includes a free gift from us—a clear stamping block. You’ll also build a collection of stamps and ink to use on other projects. There’s no pressure—you can cancel or suspend at any time. Subscribe by the 10th of the month to get started!

Not yet a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber? There is no time like the present!

Monthly subscriptions not really your thing?

Try one of our convenient Pre-Paid options listed here:

1-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription [137858] – Price $21.00

3-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription [137859] – Price: $63.00

6-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription [137860] – Price: $114.00

One year Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription [137861] – Price: $220.00

Disclamer: Note: Paper Pumpkin is only sold in North America. To find products available where you live, visit stampinup.com and select your country from the dropdown menu at the top of the screen.

xoxo,

I Made A Ridiculously Awesome Card with our NEW Water Painters

I Made A Ridiculously Awesome Card with our NEW Water Painters

I instantly saw the new water painters, by Stampin’ Up!, in our annual catalog and new I had to get my hands on them. There are 3 painters included in the kit: A flat tip, a medium tip, and a fine tip.

Creating The Background

I created my background is no time! I decided on my pastel color palette and went to work. I started with the flat tip in Mint Macaron. Then I used the medium tip in Rococo Rose and finished with the fine tip in Petal Pink.

Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper #149612

Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper is a thick paper designed especially for watercoloring. Cold-pressed, archival cotton paper. Natural white color with subtle texture.

* 10 sheets
* 5″ x 7″ (12.7 x 17.8 cm)
* Acid free

When using water painters of any kind, I use the watercolor paper OR Shimmer White cardstock. They both handle water really well with little to no warping.

Once my background was dry, I brought out my stamparatus and stamped my sentiment onto it in Momento black ink. I was happy to be using it because it took a few attempts to really get the sentiment nice and bold.

Ridiculously Awesome Cling Stamp Set #152512

Create bold statements with the Ridiculously Awesome Stamp Set. The 8 large sentiments are sized for greeting cards to encourage loved ones. This stamp set was inspired by Million Sales Achiever Ronda Wade and I absolutely LOVE it!

Cling Stamps from Stampin’ Up!
* Are premium rubber stamps.
* Have deeply etched images for excellent detail.
* Are precut so you don’t have to trim them.
* Cling to clear blocks without slipping.
* Are repositionable—temporarily mount on clear blocks to stamp, then remove to store.
* Save space—one set of blocks (sold separately) works for all your cling and photopolymer stamps.
* Have images on the spine of the case for easy storage and quick reference.

Finishing My Card

I mounted my card to a Rococo Rose mat and then adhered it to the Mint Macaron card base with dimensionals. I used some of our metallic enamel dots to finish it off with a tiny bit of embellishments.

My card base is in the hamburger fold, cut at 5.5″ x 8.5″ and scored down the middle at 4.25″. For the inside, I left it blank with a piece of Whisper White measuring 5″ x 3.75″.

Are You Ready To Start Stamping?

Don’t forget that your order can qualify you for Paper Craft Addict VIP rewards when you use the hostess code and any purchase, $30.00 or more in my online store, with the code, gives you an extra gift from me, EVERY TIME you order.

Products You’ll Want For Stamping At Home

Add All to Cart ~ if you want to recreate this complete project.

Supply List ~ if you want to download the supply list and add items to your wish list.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a great weekend.

xoxo,

If you’d like any of the supplies, to shop, or to get a FREE catalog, please feel free to contact me, and of course you can shop now online Stampin Up! US directly through me by clicking the ‘shop now’ button!

The 2020-2021 Beginner Brochure is NOT just for Beginners

The 2020-2021 Beginner Brochure is NOT just for Beginners

Last year, Stampin’ Up! came up with this brilliant idea. They decided to put out a beginner brochure that had a few more simplified stamp sets it in. The brochure is geared towards the beginner stamper. It shows all these ways to get started and the supplies you would need to recreate some really cute projects. It is meant to take the intimidation of starting stamping, out of it.

But, let me tell you! It is NOT just for the beginner stamper. A absolutely LOVE all the ideas in this brochure and it should be on the must have of any wish list.

Four Season Floral Cards

Perfect for coordinating products! The stamp set it adorable and if you buy the whole collections, you get stampin’ spots that match perfectly.

Cute Fruit Cards and Tags

The perfect set for two-tone stamping. (My personal favorite!) The fruit even have the options for faces….how adorable.

Zainy Zebras

Also found in our annual catalog, this set allows you to mix and match colors all year long. This way you become comfortable with playing around. The little zebras wiggle into your heart and won’t leave.

Hooray For You

Also found in our annual catalog, what a fun set to get started with. Everyone has a birthday and everyone deserves to be celebrated. This stamp allows you do to just that.

Simply Citrus All Inclusive Kit

Are you keen on kits? I am not usually a kit lover, but this one has changed that. This kit has it all for a first time stamper. It will build your confidence up to try new things. It is also perfect for the busy person who wants to create handmade but doesn’t have the time. A total win! I know it is on my next purchase order.

Do you need a copy of the beginner catalog? Please contact me right away and I’d be happy to send you one for FREE!!

Are You Ready To Start Stamping?

Don’t forget that your order can qualify you for Paper Craft Addict VIP rewards when you use the hostess code and any purchase, $30.00 or more in my online store, with the code, gives you an extra gift from me, EVERY TIME you order.

xoxo,

If you’d like any of the supplies, to shop, or to get a FREE catalog, please feel free to contact me, and of course you can shop now online Stampin Up! US directly through me by clicking the ‘shop now’ button!

Let the Blends Do All The Talking with Celebrate Sunflowers

Let the Blends Do All The Talking with Celebrate Sunflowers

It is no secret how much I love the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set, from Stampin’ Up! but in this card I let the Stampin’ Blends do all the talking, and I love the way it turned out.

Stampin’ Blends are alcohol markers that can be blended together to make a realistic look. I am not an color expert but I think the blends are so forgiving when you color that they look great no matter how much technique you use.

Check out this video here to learn more about Stampin’ Blends.

Check out all our blend offerings here:

Creating My Focal Point

The very first thing I did was my focal point on a piece of whisper white cardstock measuring 5″ x 3.75″. I stamped my two huge sunflowers first, from the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set, and then masked over them to add the leaves. Then I just filled in the rest of the blank space. For my mask, I used a piece of lined paper and washi tape. I usually use post its, but the sunflower was TOO big. (what an awesome problem!)

When I was done, I used my blends and colored. This took a bit of time, but I am loving the results.

My Card Layout

I used Pool Party for my card base, cut in the hot dog fold at 4.25″ x 11″ and scored down the middle at 5.5″.

I left the inside blank for writing by attaching a piece whisper white cardstock measuring 5″ x 4.25″.

I matted my focal point with Basic Black cardstock, 1/8″ bigger on all sides. I adhered everything flat to the card.

To create my sentiment, I used the Ornate Thanks stamp set and the Pick a Punch and heat embossed in White to make the stand out and be dramatic.

To finish my card, I grabbed some black bakers twine from my ribbon stash and added a bow.

Are You Ready To Start Stamping?

Don’t forget that your order can qualify you for Paper Craft Addict VIP rewards when you use the hostess code and any purchase, $30.00 or more in my online store, with the code, gives you an extra gift from me, EVERY TIME you order.

Products You’ll Want For Stamping At Home

Add All to Cart ~ if you’d like to replicate this exact project.

Supply List ~ if you’d like to download this product list and add items to your wish list.

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll see you again soon.

xoxo,

If you’d like any of the supplies, to shop, or to get a FREE catalog, please feel free to contact me, and of course you can shop now online Stampin Up! US directly through me by clicking the ‘shop now’ button!

6 Ways To Add Designer Series Paper to a Card

6 Ways To Add Designer Series Paper to a Card

Oh, I had a blast showing these off on Facebook and Instagram and I will say, I can’t wait to make more of these cards and add other ways to tuck some patterned paper into a card. We all do it, let’s show it off.

Patterned Paper

I used one paper pack to help show off all six design choices. I used the brand new Flower for Every Season Paper Pack #152486.

Graceful flowers representing each of the four seasons make this paper
a versatile, all-year choice. The smaller 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 cm) pieces are ideal for the fronts of handmade cards, for mini scrapbook albums, and as colorful accents. This papercrafting staple is great scrapbook paper, card making paper, and more!

* 48 sheets of patterned paper: 4 each of 12 double-sided designs
* 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 cm)
* Acid free
* Lignin free

Product colors: Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider, Just Jade, Magenta Madness, Misty Moonlight, Poppy Parade, Whisper White

I have 6 simple ways to add designer series paper to any card front.

  1. Use your DSP as the focal point or feature. It makes for such easy card making and it is a great way to use up patterned paper. Plus, I absolutely love the way the flowers are taking over in my example.

2) Use your DSP by tearing it to create dimension. It adds such a subtle look and yes, we don’t want to tear our paper, but in cardmaking – it is okay. I assure you! Look how it makes me sentiment pop in the example.

3) Use Your DSP in panels. In my example, I have two very pretty matching panels. But you can use three or four skinny banners – it’s really up to you and what patterned paper you are showing off.

4) Use your DSP in a quilt pattern or squares. You have seen me do this before and I think it allows you to really show off different pattern papers in one card.

5) Use your DSP in banners big or small. There is nothing cuter than a card with banners across the front. What a great way to use different patterned papers and to show off color!

6) Use your DSP as strip across your paper. In my example, the card is really showing off the beautiful patterned paper because I did a wide strip. It almost steals the show. You could use a skinny strip or an even bigger strip ~ the idea is to show it off without it taking over. (or is it?)

I am serious, these cards are adorable and so quick to make because of the pattern paper I chose. You could take one sheet of patterned paper and show it off in so many different ways.

Are You Ready To Creating with Patterned Papers?

Don’t forget that your order can qualify you for Paper Craft Addict VIP rewards when you use the hostess code and any purchase, $30.00 or more in my online store, with the code, gives you an extra gift from me, EVERY TIME you order.

Until, I see you again! Have a terrific day.

xoxo,

If you’d like any of the supplies, to shop, or to get a FREE catalog, please feel free to contact me, and of course you can shop now online Stampin Up! US directly through me by clicking the ‘shop now’ button!

Save 10% with Bundles From Stampin’ Up! ~ Everyday

Save 10% with Bundles From Stampin’ Up! ~ Everyday

A few years ago, Stampin’ Up! came up with the genius idea to offer product bundles together at a discount.

There are so many positives about product bundles, the most important being that I can recreate projects with ALL the products I need, at a lower price. Bundles can be dies and stamps or punches and stamps. A total win-win!

How do I know if it is offered as a bundle?

In the catalog, the bundles are listed in big print with a 10% next to it. Here is an example from this year’s annual catalog:

Check out all of our bundle offerings here and start saving today!

Are You Ready To Start Stamping?

Don’t forget that your order can qualify you for Paper Craft Addict VIP rewards when you use the hostess code and any purchase, $30.00 or more in my online store, with the code, gives you an extra gift from me, EVERY TIME you order.

Thanks for stopping by today and taking a closer look at stampin’ up bundles. I’ll see you again soon!

xoxo,

Making Simple Cards with The Four Season Floral Stamp Set

Making Simple Cards with The Four Floral Season Stamp Set

I had an awesome Facebook LIVE last Monday, when I went back to basics and made three simple cards with limited supplies. If you are new to stamping or your interest is peaked just enough to get going, then this is where I suggest you start.

What do I need?

Four Season Floral Photopolymer Stamp Set #152801

My Cards

Making simple cards take no time at all and you can color them while watching a tv show. It is perfect for a beginner or a business person with very little time, who wants to send something personal.

Are You Ready To Start Stamping?

Don’t forget that your order can qualify you for Paper Craft Addict VIP rewards when you use the hostess code and any purchase, $30.00 or more in my online store, with the code, gives you an extra gift from me, EVERY TIME you order.

I host a Facebook LIVE every Monday on my page. They stay in my video files for a long time too so I invite you to watch the replay, if you can’t catch it live.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day and I’ll see you again soon.

xoxo,

If you’d like any of the supplies, to shop, or to get a FREE catalog, please feel free to contact me, and of course you can shop now online Stampin Up! US directly through me by clicking the ‘shop now’ button!

Ornate Thanks in Fall Colors

Ornate Thanks in Fall Colors

Here I am, playing around in my craft space with the new cinnamon cider and bumblebee and I get caught up in new-to-me terracotta tile and boom, I start creating. This card is TOTALLY fall colors with a fall feel, but I couldn’t help myself.

If you look at page 66 of the new annual catalog, you shouldn’t even be surprised. Their example is done the same way my card is: using the Stamparatus and the inks of my choice. It really does make an adorable card.

What’s a Stamparatus?

The stamparatus is the world’s most innovative stamp placement tool – now with supporting line of all-new accessories to keep you stamping smoothly. (Click on the photo below to go to my online store and find out more!)

Color Scheme

My Card Layout

I started with a Terracotta Tile card, cut in the hot dog fold, measuring 4.25″ x 11″ and scored down the middle at 5.5″.

After finishing my focal point with the stamparatus I mounted it to a piece of bumblebee cardstock measuring 4″ x 5.25″.

I finished the card with a couple sprigs from the Sunflower Dies and a Cinnamon cider bow.

Are You Ready To Start Stamping?

Don’t forget that your order can qualify you for Paper Craft Addict VIP rewards when you use the hostess code and any purchase, $30.00 or more in my online store, with the code, gives you an extra gift from me, EVERY TIME you order.

Products You’ll Want For Stamping At Home

Add All to Cart ~ if you want to replicate this exact card.

Supply List ~ if you want to download the list of supplies to add them to your wish list.

Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my cutie card today! I’ll see you again, soon!

xoxo,

If you’d like any of the supplies, to shop, or to get a FREE catalog, please feel free to contact me, and of course you can shop now online Stampin Up! US directly through me by clicking the ‘shop now’ button!