Sunday, August 5, 2018

Junior Composition Books for Craft Fairs and Gifts Using Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper

I have said this multiple times, Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper is one of my favorites out of the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog from Stampin' Up!  However, I was struggling as to how I would use the Blackberry Bliss/Cajun Craze leaf paper. I knew I wasn't going to use it on cards but how could I use it and make it striking?  Living in Vermont, I really haven't seen many colors like this.  Mostly orange, red, yellow, and green; especially during the Fall Season.
I purchased some junior composition books awhile back.  They measure 7 x 5 inches and it's a size that I have never seen.  So I decided to wing it and use some of the embellishments from the Nature's Poem Suite.  I really like how they turned out! 
 I really liked the sentiment from Enjoy Life stamp set.  Thought it tied into Nature theme I was looking for.  
Here is my video to show you how I created these and a link to another video to show you how you can make a smaller version without covering the spine using Nature's Poem.  

The inside of the composition books are also covered in Nature's Poem.  You can use the coordinating side or keep it all the same.  
I would enjoy seeing what you make.  Leave me a comment below and I'll be sure to take a peek.
Thanks for following along and reading my blog today.  Products used in this post may be purchased on my online store at

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Bonus Days Are Back!

Bonus Days are Back!

Would you like a $5 Coupon from Stampin' Up!   When you order $50 or more in product during the month of August, you will receive a coupon.  $50 equals 1 coupon, $100 equals 2 coupons, $150 equals 3 coupons and so on.  There are no limits on how much you can save.

You will get to redeem your $5 coupons when you order in September, just in time for the upcoming Holiday Catalog!

Important Coupon Notice:  You will receive an email from Stampin Up! with your special Bonus Days $5 coupon codes AFTER finalizing your order.  You need to keep that email and redeem your codes in September. 

August Hostess Code Information

Another great offer for you is when you are placing your order on my online store, use my Hostess Code.  Orders of $50 in product or more will receive a package of Gold Faceted Gems for FREE!  If your product order is more than $150, do not use the hostess code but please make sure you check the box so I can see your contact information. If you do not check this box, I will be unable to send you the Gold Faceted Gems.  My August Hostess Code is 9BZBF3QX and my online store may be accessed by clicking here.

I hope you take advantage and stock up on those coupons and enjoy a free give from me!  Enjoy stamping and crafting today!  -Karen

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Free Stampin’ Up! Ink Pads Promotion Starting July 1-31, 2018

I wanted to let you know about a promotion that Stamapin' UP! will be offering between July 1-31, 2018.

Whether you want to join as a hobbiest to enjoy the discounts or become a full-time demonstrator, the choice is yours.  I would like to say I’m kinda in between; still a hobbiest but would enjoy working as a full-time demonstrator for Stampin’ Up!  Papercrafting has become a passion of mine and I enjoy teaching new skills, making new friends, and stamping with beginners to experts.  

Here is the promotion!

Free Stampin’ Up! Ink Pads Promotion Starting July 1-31, 2018

Purchase the $99. Stampin' Up! Starter Kit from July 1- 31, 2018, and you can select for FREE your choice of one of the color collections that features 10 ink pads (value $67.50).

Stampin' Up!'s Demonstrator Starter Kit is completely customizable!  Build your Starter Kit your way!

For just $99, you get:
· Your choice of up to $125 worth of any current Stampin' Up! products!
· business supply pack valued at $50!
· From July 1 - 31, 2018, your Color Collection Choice of ink pads. Each Stampin’ Pad Family is an assortment of 10 coordinating ink pads from one of the following color collections: Brights, Neutrals, Regals, Subtles, and 2017–2020 In Colors. (value $67.50)

That's a total value of $242.50! PLUS your kit ships FREE for an additional savings of $25.00
Here are the colors collections to choose from for your FREE Ink Pads.


How do you join Karen’s Team?

This offer is from July 1-31, 2018 only so in the meantime, get out your Stampin’ Up! catalog, highlighter, post-it notes, and start making your list of products you would like to order.

Once July 1, 2018 is here, it’s easy as 1, 2, 3!

Click on this link here to bring you to my website

Then at the top you will click on “Join The Fun” at the top menu.

After that, just follow along, read and agree to the Independent Demonstrator Agreement, and then purchase your Starter Kit!  The website will prompt you along your way.
Over four years ago, I joined just to take take advantage of the discounts.  I now enjoy teaching others to create cards, journals, new techniques, and spending a few weekends a year at my Stamp Retreats with fellow papercrafters like you.

As always, if you have questions, please give me a ring or email me at

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Stamp Retreat Cards

Here is a quick blog post to show you the cards we will be making this weekend at my Stamp Retreat.  I enjoy getting together with friends and new stampers to share the love of paper crafting.  

Stamp Retreat is a two day event that I host at my home.  Each day we create 8 cards; 4 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon.  We take a break to enjoy a potluck luncheon each day.  The weather is a bit iffy so I'm not sure if we will be able to enjoy smores over a camp fire in the evening time, but I sure hope so.

This is my first event with our new product from the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.
I try to make my card projects fun to make that any level of paper crafter can complete.  I always show a new technique or a different way of using a punch or just cutting your Designer Series Paper.

Have you noticed lately that I am taking pictures of my cards outside?  Nature makes for a great backdrop.  Notice the phlox just above the birthday card?

Petal Promenade Designer Series paper is beautiful!  Have you discovered it yet?  You sure will want to stock up during the month of July as there will be a special being announced real soon!

This is a card where I show you that stamping on your Designer Series Paper works just as well as stamping on Whisper White or Very Vanilla card stock.

Petal Palette has always been on my wish list and I am really excited that the set carried over from last seasons catalog.  

Enjoy Life stamp is a new set this year.  Beautiful fonts for the sentiment don't you think?

Daisy Delight is also another set that carried over.  With this card, I cut the card base 8 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4.  Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper is cut 2 x 4 so you can get many cards out of one sheet of paper!  The card still fits very nicely in our Whisper White Medium Envelopes.

Painted Glass is so striking!  I used Blends to color in the Vellum; Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, and Daffodil Delight are the colors here.

I hope you enjoyed viewing my blog today and I provided you a bit of inspiration.

If you are local to where I live, I do have a few seats left on Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24.  You are welcome to join us.

My entry way makes for a great photo opportunity.  Geraniums in the back add a bit of color.

Rooted in Nature is one of my favorite sets.  We have so many pine trees where I live.  The card with the sunset reminds me of the pretty sunsets we have here.

Enjoy your day, and don't forget to stamp and create today.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Dandelion Wishes and Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper

Have you ever tried stamping onto Pretty Paper instead of Whisper White or Very Vanilla card stock?  It's easy to do if you have a pattern that is lighter in shade and a more neutral pattern like the marble pattern in in Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper.
Here are the supplies I used to create this card:

Smokey Slate cut 5 ½ x 8 ½, scored at 2 1/8, 4 ¼
Basic Gray panel cut 3 ¾ x 5
Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper cut 3 5/8 x 4 7/8
Whisper White cut 4 x 5 ¼ for inside panel
Basic Gray and Blushing Bride scraps

Inks:      Smokey Slate, Blushing Bride
Punch:  Everyday Label
Embellishment:  Petal Pink Rhinestone Gems, Wink of Stella

I used a sponge dauber to add a bit of Blushing Bride to each Dandelion and then finished off with some Wink of Stella!

I sure do love how this card turned out.  The font style that is incorporated into the Dandelion Wishes stamp set is so pretty.  The curves and swooshes make the sentiments very appealing.  This stamp set is a must have for all levels of stamping. Petal Promenade Designer Series paper is another paper that you will not want to cut into, but, I challenge you to do so!  It's elegant, the colors coordinate nicely, and it's just plain beautiful.

The Petal Pink Rhinestone Gems also works well with this card.

Here is my video showing you how to create this card.

I hope you like today's card.  For more stamping inspiration, follow me on Facebook at

Happy stamping and creating!  ~Karen~

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Enjoy Life

Have you seen the sample card on Page 59 of the 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! catalog?  Such an inspiring stamp set, Enjoy LifeConnie Fitzgerald, our Million Sales Achiever, created this stamp set.
I wanted to re-create the Stampin' Up! sample I saw from the catalog but make it my own.  I came up with just a bit of change.  I used Flirty Flamingo, Pineapple Punch, and Memento Black for inks.  Petal Pink, Shimmery White, and Whisper White for card stock.  Added in some Gold Thread and glitter enamel dots from my stock of embellishments.  Stampin' Up!'s designers used Shimmery White, Whisper White, Petal Pink, StazOn, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Petal Pink, Daffodil Delight, Faceted Dots, Copper Thread.

You can see the water color splash I used with Flirty Flamingo and Pineapple Punch.  Blending them together created a bit of Rich Razzleberry color as well.

Here is the banner using a different sentiment from the Enjoy Life stamp set.

The Glitter Enamel Dots are a retired product, however, you can use almost any of the embellishments from the catalog or whatever you have in your stash for that extra addition to your card.

For a different look, I used the flower stems, stamping off first in Flirty Flamingo and then stamped onto the Whisper White.  The sentiment is in full strength.  Adding the Gold Thread makes it a wow factor.  If you look closely, you can see the shimmer on the cardstock.  Sparkly away!

Follow along by clicking on this image to show you how to create this card:

I hope your Life is full of sparkle and shimmer.  For more inspiration, be sure to sign up to receive my weekly emails from

Happy stamping!

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Detailed With Love Fun Fold Card

Here is a simple quick card using Detailed With Love stamp set and one piece of Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper.  Dimensions for the card are as follows:

Soft Seaform card base cut 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 2 1/8 and 4 1/4
Blueberry Bushel cut 1 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 2 1/8 and 4 1/4
Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper cut 4 x 5 1/4 and 1 7/8 x 5 1/4
Whisper White panel cut 4 x 5 1/4
Scraps of Soft Seaform and Whisper White
For the card assembly, I used a bone folder to score the lines.  I then added the Garden Impressions Designer Series paper to the card.  Next I scored the strip of Blueberry Bushel and then attached to the card.
The dies are from the Layering Ovals collection.  I inked up the sentiment using Blueberry Bushel ink and then layered the scallop oval and Whisper White, then the stamped image.  Two dimensionals were added to the focal point and then attached to the card.
For the backside of the card, I used a piece of Whisper White cut 4 x 5 1/4 and then used the Detailed Trio Punch to create a fancy cutout design.  Using one of the accents from Detailed With Love, I stamped around the punch out designs.
This is a rather quick and simple Fancy Fold and will work with all of our Designer Series Paper.
Stamp and create today!

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