2016-2017 Retiring Products Catalog Tour

2016-17 Stampin Up Retiring Product Catalog Tour

Every year for the past three years I have posted a video walking you through the catalog, so that you can highlight the retiring products.

That time of year has arrived. Here is the video.  Enjoy!!

As a reminder, you can order the retiring products here: SHOP!

Merry Little Mice

Do you ever feel stalled for creativity?  I often find with the overload of Pinterest images and the love of all things, it is hard to pick one theme to focus on for a project and I am left coming up with nothing.  When I feel overwhelmed or lack any creativity, I turn to a card sketch to help get things jump started.

This week I headed over to Freshly Made Sketches, FMS261, to create a clean and simple card.  I knew I loved Merry Mice, and I love love love the new Emerald Envy paper, so I went with it.

Are these mice not the cutest things ever??!?  Plus this little bows are my favorite.  They are so cute and shiny!!

Merry Mice from Stampin Up for FMS261

The inside bottom corner has a cute sprinkling of stars to match the Emerald Envy card stock.

Merry Mice from Stampin Up for FMS261

And finally, instead of being on a traditional card base, I made a single piece of Emerald Envy at 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and mounted a folded white card to it. It makes for a special opening.

Merry Mice from Stampin Up for FMS261

Merry Mice from Stampin Up for FMS261

Paper Star Ornament Tutorial

Paper Star Tutorial at StampinFool.com

Hey Crafties,

It’s April here from StampinFool.com and I’m going to reintroduce myself for my new readers! I’m a paper crafting fool from Williamsburg, VA, married and have a 3 year old son, Silas, and let me tell you, I LOVE paper (I abandon housework just to get in a little crafting time).  I know it’s bad.  But here’s the good news, YOU get the benefit of my crafting addiction today.

I have this amazing, elegant star ornament that I am going to teach you how to make.  I have a photo tutorial, directions, and even a little video to show you how to put it together.  The finished star is approximately 6″ x 6″, so it’s no tiny ornament.

It is the perfect handmade gift for your coworkers, friends, neighbors, and even grandma.  It is quick an d easy enough that you can make many to gift and a few to keep.  You can customize this beauty with whichever patterned paper you choose. So grab your supplies and get ready to make an Eight Point Star Ornament.

Supplies:

  • Home for Christmas Patterned Paper
  • Gold Cording
  • Red Pom Pom trim
  • Scissors
  • Liquid Glue/Crystal Effects
  • 1/16″ Hole Punch
  • Bone Folder
  • Paper Trimmer

Directions:

  1. Cut your Patterned Paper into two (2) 6″x 6″ pieces.
  2. Fold in half both directions.  Fold diagonal in both directions.  You now have four folds.   *Tip: Use a bone folder to create crisp fold lines.
  3. On the straight edge folds, cut a line 1 1/4″ up towards the center on all four sides.
  4. Begin folding each slit inward to the diagonal score line, so that the corners form a point.  Repeat on all slits (8 folds).
  5. Once all corners are folded, lightly fluff the flaps.  Using liquid glue on one side of each corner triangle (I love crystal effects for this- it’s strong and dries quickly), fully overlap the triangle fold onto the one next to it in that corner, forming a 3D cone.  Here would be a good place to watch the video, as it is easier to show than write. Repeat with the next 3 corners. You will now have a 3D star with a hole in the back middle.
  6. Repeat steps 2-5 with the second 6″ x 6″ square of patterned paper.
  7. Apply glue to the back “V’s” of one star and hold the other star diagonal to it and adhere.
  8. Using the 1/16″ hole punch, punch a hole in the tip of the top point, string twine thought the hole and tie into a knot.  Embellish with Red Pompom trim.
  9. Enjoy!

Paper Star Tutorial at StampinFool.com

Here is a close up of the finished star ornament! I love how adorable those deer are.

Paper Star Tutorial at StampinFool.com


What do you think?  Do you love it as much as I do? Comment below and show us some love.

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Weather Together Umbrella Card Tutorial

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I hope you have been enjoying all of the recent videos teaching new techniques like Shaker Cards and all about our Oh Happy Day and Watercolor Wishes Card Kits. The videos Stampin’ Up! provides us with are invaluable. They show new ways to use the products from our catalog and give samples that are adorable.  I get excited to recreate the samples every time a new video comes out.

This week, I am sharing the Party Pop Up Thinlits which create two pop-up birthday themed cards. All you will need to make these special cards are the thinlits, your big shot, and the card stock colors of your choice.  Watch the video and see how easy it is to use the thinlits to make one of a kind pop up cards.

AUGUST ONLINE HOSTESS CODE: S649JCAB

Do you have the new Pop-n-Cuts dies for making 3D pop up cards?  Post a comment, share a photo on StampinFool.com Facebook page, or email me a picture of your latest pop up card creation!

Woodland Baby Shower + Gift Favor Tutorial

I love party planning and I had the honor of planning my best friend’s baby shower.  To say I was excited is an understatement. I was STOKED!!  And, on top of it, we were going with a Woodlands theme for the new baby girl. I started by hitting Pinterest and looking at ideas for throwing a great shower.  Combined with the ideas I had floating around in my head, I’ll show you what I came up with, give you a list of basics for throwing a Woodland baby or bridal shower, and a how to on the baby shower gift favors.

I started out with a menu.  We both love food- all the food.  I wanted a simple menu, but filling enough to keep everyone happy and have a little leftover for momma so she would have snacks on hand for the next few days! Let me just say that I had plenty left over, except for the chicken salad on apples.  It went like crazy and I put out two batches.  (See recipe below).

Menu:

  • Almond Chicken Salad, on granny smith apple slices and on hawaiian rolls
  • fruit platter
  • veggie cups with quartered cucumbers, celery, carrots and ranch dressing
  • cheese board (water crackers, gorgonzola, aged cheddar, alluette spread)
  • some premade trail mix in a bowl
  • ‘Smores mix (Golden Grahams, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows)
  • cookies (baby & woodland themed sugar cookies & choc chip cookie sandwiches)
  • vanilla vanilla cake (8″ four layer, from walmart- aaaamazing)

Woodland Baby Shower + Free Favor Tutorial from StampinFool.com

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Woodland Baby Shower + Free Favor Tutorial from StampinFool.com

A quick list of things that make a super easy, super chic baby shower are:

  • cute invitations
  • burlap or ribbon bunting/banner
  • craft paper roll for a table runner
  • menu or food tent signs
  • drink menu, clear cups/mason jars, ice, juices & sparkles (ginger ale, lemon lime soda, Welch’s sparkling white grape)
  • party food: cheese platter & crackers, apple slices topped with chicken salad, veggie cups, sweets, cake
  • handmade tag for favors

Woodland Baby Shower + Free Favor Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Here is a close up of the favor table.  I punched 2″ circles of Crumb Cake, gold embossed the backs with a stamp, used Blushing Bride for the Foxy Friends punch and stamped eyes and nose.  Really simple, but super cute.  I tied them with gold cording to ruffled ribbon around the hand sanitizers from Bath & Body Works. Woodland Baby Shower + Free Favor Tutorial from StampinFool.com Woodland Baby Shower + Free Favor Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Another way to make this baby shower special was to be strategic about the “games”.  Who likes baby shower games?  No one. {I literally asked this question at the shower, and the response was accurate.}  So, instead of the eat candy out of a diaper, taste baby food, what’s in your purse, how huge is the momma run of the mill standard baby shower games, we painted onesies.

Let me take a minute to talk about this.  I’m going to be brutally honest, as a mother and a party planner.  I have seen hundreds of tutorials.  I have read a thousand articles.  I have been to baby showers and decorated diapers with sharpies, I have painted burp clothes with puffy paint, I have painted onesies with markers.  I have had these given to me. You know what I did with them? Here’s a secret- I cleaned with them. I tossed. I did not keep and I certainly didn’t put my sweet newborn baby in them.

Moms aren’t going to keep these handmade masterpieces where you can’t tell if its a turtle or a goat painted on it in bright, bold kindergarten colors.  {On a quick side note, we did hand cut fabric on iron on backing and those I kept and my sweet babes wore. Totally acceptable).

But, I have a solution.  Painted onesies.  But you just said no one likes them and moms throw them out.  Not if they are done right ladies!  I have a specific ingredient list to make this work.  Don’t deviate, it won’t work.

Supplies:

  • Craft Paint (five colors in a similar palate)
  • Foam brushes
  • 1 pack of detail brushes
  • 6 little paint cups (one for water)
  • fabric paint medium (Martha Stewart)
  • Onesies – cotton, in multiple sizes (NB, 3 month, 6 month, 9-12 month)  Be aware of the season and what is appropriate for that age/season. Long sleeves for winter, short for summer.
  • Cardboard to go in between onsie
  • Freezer paper
  • Iron
  • Silhouette cutting machine

Directions:

  1. Wash onesies & tumble dry low.
  2. Pick outline silhouette images for your theme.
  3. Using Silhouette machine, cut them out of freezer paper (leaving the outline and negative space open). One or more for each onsie. Remove from cutting mat. Cut freezer paper to size of once. {See detailed Silhouette Instructions below; you’re welcome.}
  4. Heat iron, lay the freezer paper image on the onsie waxy side down. Cover with a tea towel.  Iron for 20-30 seconds or until freezer paper is bonded, including all edges. Repeat with all onesies and stencils.
  5. Put paint and medium into cups. Add a water cup for cleaning brushes. Lay out a tea towel to dry brushes.
  6. Mix medium and paint well.
  7. Choose a onsie. Unsnap and insert cardboard to middle for firm surface and to protect from bleeding.  Paint onsies. Lightly. Not to heavy.
  8. Let dry. (About 20 minutes)
  9. Peel off stencil freezer paper.
  10. Admire.
  11. Air dry overnight. Wash on gentle.

** I explained how to paint them to my guests and that there were plenty to paint one or two each. That they should grab a drink and some food and half could be painting while the other half were snacking. This worked really well so that it was not too crowded and everyone, including the mom to be got a chance. I also bought mom a t-shirt to paint.

** I stuck with my woodland theme and choose gold, light peach, light mint green, light brown (fawn), and a magenta.

** Mix the paint with fabric medium 1:1, meaning half paint, half medium.  I squirted the paint in the cups, then the medium and swirled around with a foam brush.

** It was easy to paint with more than one color on the onesies & add detail with the smaller brushes.

Detailed Silhouette Directions

I tried this by trial and error. I read many directions, but non that were specific enough to actually work. I almost quit. I tried cutting with a blade or exacto knife- a straight blade doesn’t cut curves. Lesson learned. Stick to the silhouette.

** To make the stencils, I imported dark, solid silhouette images into Silhouette Studio. > Click the trace box. > “Select trace area” and make a box around the objects. > Deselect high pass filter. This will turn the image all yellow, making the outline cuttable. > Click “Trace”. > Go to the Cut Settings tab. > Style: Cut. Cut settings: 2 for the blade, type: heat transfer material. > “Send to Sihouette”. > Make sure you actually ratchet the blade down to 2.

Here’s where you can purchase the products to make these adorable onesies!

 

Onsie Painting sign handmade & Woodland Baby Shower + Free Favor Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Woodland Baby Shower + Free Favor Tutorial from StampinFool.com
Woodland Baby Shower + Free Favor Tutorial from StampinFool.com

So what do you think? Isn’t this the sweetest baby shower?  XOXO

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Pop Up Birthday Card Tutorial

Pop Up Birthday card tutorial with Birthday Cake dies tutorial. See more at StampinFool.com Pop Up Birthday card tutorial with Birthday Cake dies tutorial. See more at StampinFool.com

I hope you have been enjoying all of the recent videos teaching new techniques like Shaker Cards and all about our Oh Happy Day and Watercolor Wishes Card Kits. The videos Stampin’ Up! provides us with are invaluable. They show new ways to use the products from our catalog and give samples that are adorable.  I get excited to recreate the samples every time a new video comes out.

This week, I am sharing the Party Pop Up Thinlits which create two pop-up birthday themed cards. All you will need to make these special cards are the thinlits, your big shot, and the card stock colors of your choice.  Watch the video and see how easy it is to use the thinlits to make one of a kind pop up cards.

JULY HOSTESS CODE: S649JCAB

Do you have the new Pop-n-Cuts dies for making 3D pop up cards?  Post a comment, share a photo on StampinFool.com Facebook page, or email me a picture of your latest pop up card creation!

Ongoing Deals

JULY HOSTESS CODE: S649JCAB

Don’t forget to redeem your BONUS DAYS coupons starting today.  The codes will be email to the address you provided with the order.

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THOUGHTFUL BRANCHES Exclusive Stamp Set and Dies

In August 2016 only, get this exclusive, limited-time stamp and die set bundle to make beautifully intricate cards for any occasion.

Thoughtful Branches exclusive handmade DIY stamps and dies.

Thoughtful Branches exclusive handmade DIY stamps and dies.

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Confetti Celebration Shaker Card Tutorial

Confetti Celebration shaker card visor tutorial will show you everything you need to know to create a birthday themed shaker card with sequins and confetti. Stamp with the ink and stamps included and give them away to those special people in your life. Learn more at StampinFool.com

Good Morning Crafties!  I am excited to share a few cool, new Stampin’ Up! products that make for easy to put together DIY shaker cards. Shaker Cards are an easy way to take your paper crafting to the next level.  And with our new foam adhesive strips and sequins, your shaker card will be easier to make than ever. Before you know it, you’ll be giving them away to every special person in your life.

Stampin’ Up! has done all of the hard work for us when it comes to crafting. They produce an amazing catalog with hundreds of card ideas and samples, they coordinate the products with stamps and colors, and have videos to help you navigate new techniques.

Below is a video showing exactly how to put together a shaker card for your next crafting project.  Take a few minutes to watch this 5 minute video walking you through the shaker card with our newest foam adhesive strips and sequins.

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I can’t wait to see what you create.  Post a comment, share a photo on StampinFool.com Facebook page, or email me a picture of your latest shaker creation!

Ongoing Deals

This July, 2016 for every $50 you spend in Stampin’ Up! Products, you’ll receive a $5 credit coupon emailed right to your inbox next month!

JULY HOSTESS CODE: S649JCAB

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Watercolor Wishes DIY Card Kit- Everything You Need to Make 20 Cards

Watercolor Wishes Card kit includes everything you need to make 20+ handmade cards, precut, with embellishments. Stamp with the ink and stamps included and give them away to those special people in your life. Learn more at StampinFool.comWatercolor Wishes Card kit includes everything you need to make 20+ handmade cards, precut, with embellishments. Stamp with the ink and stamps included and give them away to those special people in your life. Learn more at StampinFool.com

Watercolor Wishes Card kit includes everything you need to make 20+ handmade cards, precut, with embellishments. Stamp with the ink and stamps included and give them away to those special people in your life. Learn more at StampinFool.com

Have you seen the new card kits from Stampin’ Up!?  They are amazing!  Let me tell you a little bit about them, any why they are so awesome. For one, they offer all inclusive kits- that means ink, stamps, clear block, cards, embellishments, and envelopes.  All you need is to add adhesive- liquid glue, glue sticks, Snail tape runner – your choice. They are beautifully designed.  The colors are subtle and watercolored. The stamps are scripty and sweet.  The sentiments fit any occasion. And the little embellishments perfectly complete the cards.

Why do you need them?  Because they meet the need for Birthday and Thank You cards instantly.  You can order the kit and within thirty minutes, have a stack of beautiful, handmade cards to give away for birthdays and thank you’s.  You can make them all at once or make them and leave the sentiment blank for the time you need a card for a special occasion.

The Watercolor Wishes kit comes in a pretty box, perfect for gifting.  And since it comes with everything you need to complete it, you can gift it without the recipient having any extra cost.  They can jump right in and start crafting.

It is perfect for the “non-crafty”.  Okay, lets be honest- there’s no such thing as non crafty after you meet Stampin’ Up! They take all of the guesswork out of crafting for you. It is the perfect way to give a handmade gift with everything prepared for you.

Space Saving: Because the Watercolor wishes card kit comes with everything you need to make 20 cards, all in a pretty box, you won’t need a hundred other supplies.  No paper trimmer, stamps, ink pads, markers, die cuts, punches, embellishments, ribbons, or envelopes. Everything comes with the kit.  It saves space and money, coming in at $35.00 for the 20 handmade card kit and stamps.  After you make the cards, you can continue using the ink and stamps!

JULY HOSTESS CODE: S649JCAB

It was quick, easy, and still made beautiful brightly colored handmade cards that I just know my friends will love.  Below I have listed the product details as well as a quick video showing off the Oh Happy Day card kit, a few supplies in the supply list that I used to embellish the cards and step them up.   & Remember, the kit comes with all the stamps, clear stamping block, and a mini ink pad too!

Check out the kit details:

The giftable Watercolor Wishes Card Kit includes preprinted cards for the perfect artistic look without the mess. Includes supplies for 20 unique cards in 3 sizes and an exclusive stamp set. Make one when you need it, or make them all and use them later. Makes 20 unique cards. Folded card sizes: 4″ x 4″, 3-1/2″ x 5″, 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. Instructions included.

You provide the adhesive; we’ll provide the rest, including the stamp set, clear stamp block, and ink.

* 20 cards total
* Folded card sizes: 4″ x 4″, 3-1/2″ x 5″, 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.2 x 10.2 cm, 8.9 x 12.7 cm, 10.8 x 14 cm)
* 12-piece photopolymer stamp set
* 20 card bases
* Die-cut accents
* Cardstock flag stickers
* Night of Navy and Watermelon Wonder Classic Stampin’ Spots
*Washi tape
* Giftable Kraft box
* 50 sequins
* Wood die cuts
* Stampin’ Dimensionals
*Acrylic stamp block

Coordinating colors: Crushed Curry, Night of Navy, Pool Party, Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder

If you love this kit, you’ll love these other project too: Glass Pebble Magnet TutorialMasculine Card Set, & 3D Birthday Cake Box tutorial.

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Ongoing Deals

This July, 2016 for every $50 you spend in Stampin’ Up! Products, you’ll receive a $5 credit coupon emailed right to your inbox next month!

JULY HOSTESS CODE: S649JCAB

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Oh Happy Day Card Kit- Everything You Need to Make 20 Cards

Oh Happy Day Card kit includes everything you need to make 20+ handmade cards, precut, with embellishments. Stamp with the ink and stamps included and give them away to those special people in your life. Learn more at StampinFool.com

Oh Happy Day Card kit includes everything you need to make 20+ handmade cards, precut, with embellishments. Stamp with the ink and stamps included and give them away to those special people in your life. Learn more at StampinFool.com

Stampin’ Up! has amazing card kits.  That was a huge draw for me when I first learned about SU. I loved that the kits came with stamp, ink, card supplies and envelopes.  All I needed to do was use adhesive to glue them together and add the embellishments.  I could stamp the images in the kit, wherever I wanted (or exactly as the directions suggested).  It makes for quick and easy crafting.  I got a creative escape, but without the burden of hundreds of supplies, a big mess, and a long crafting session where I was stuck for ideas.

JULY HOSTESS CODE: S649JCAB

It was quick, easy, and still made beautiful brightly colored handmade cards that I just know my friends will love.  Below I have listed the product details as well as a quick video showing off the Oh Happy Day card kit, a few supplies in the supply list that I used to embellish the cards and step them up.   & Remember, the kit comes with all the stamps, clear stamping block, and a mini ink pad too!

Check out the kit details:

Stamp and stick—that’s all it takes to create stack of all-occasion cards. Make one card when you need it, or make them all and use them later. Folded card size: 4″ x 3-1/2″, 3″ x 3″, 5″ x 3-1/2″,
5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (10.2 x 8.9 cm, 7.6 x 7.6 cm,
12.7 x 8.9 cm, 14 x 10.8 cm). Adhesive sold separately. Instructions included.

Kit includes
* Set of 13 photopolymer stamps
* 20 card bases and coordinating envelopes
* Giftable kraft box
* Die-cut glittered chipboard shapes
* Embossed sheets
* Printed die-cut images
* Die-cut gold foil sheet
* Die-cut white sheets
* Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Spot
* Printed color doilies
* Baker’s Twine
* Glittered dots
* Stampin’ Dimensionals
* Acrylic stamp block

Coordinating colors: Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron, Tangerine Tango, white

If you love this kit, you’ll love these other project too: Glass Pebble Magnet TutorialMasculine Card Set, & 3D Birthday Cake Box tutorial.

JULY HOSTESS CODE: S649JCAB

Ongoing Deals

This July, 2016 for every $50 you spend in Stampin’ Up! Products, you’ll receive a $5 credit coupon emailed right to your inbox next month!

JULY HOSTESS CODE: S649JCAB

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Affectionately Yours Card Set from Stampin’ Up!

One of the first things I ordered from the new 2016- 2017 Stampin’ Up! Catalog was the Affectionately Yours Designer Series Paper.  I love the dark blues and reds and florally print. I knew by looking at those pretty papers that they would be the centerpiece of some beautiful handmade cards.

Once the box arrived, I started crafting.  Here is the first card set that I created.  It’s a simple floral Thank You with lots of vibrant color.  These are the May and June customer Thank You Cards.  So, if you placed an order in May or June, your card will likely look like this. The measurements are easy:

  • Base: 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5.5″
  • Affectionately Yours DSP: 4″ x 5 1/4″, alternate side band: 1″ x 4″
  • Pansy Flower punch, Thoughtful Banners stamp & punch bundle, Dapper Denim ink, Cucumber Crush Twine
  • Scrap of White cards stock for the banner

Affectionately Yours Card Set from StampinFool.com

Because I know you will love those cards so much, I wanted to also share the current JULY Bonus Days Promotion and upcoming special products.

For every $50 you spend in July, you’ll receive a $5 coupon emailed to you for use in August.  Which brings me to the August special:  Thoughtful Branches stamp set and Dies.

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August Special:

In August 2016, the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and thinlit dies will be available through August 31, only.  A limited, special offer, for this beautiful stamp set and die set.  I love this stamp so much!  It is gorgeous.  Below I have posted a Pinterest Board so you can see even more ideas of how you can use this versatile stamp set for every season and any occasion card or gift you could think of.  Enjoy!!

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