July Updates, Deals & More

DO YOU WANT A SIMPLE CRAFTING KIT?

Paper Pumpkin is the way to go. It is an all inclusive monthly craft kit to make seasonal, birthday, thank you, or gift-able paper crafts. You kit will include supplies for 8+ projects, a stamp set, a clear block (for the stamps), a mini ink pad, adhesive & embellishments!

For $19.99 a month, you can’t beat the value of the supplies you are receiving complete with color printed directions.

This month:

  • New subscribers get 50% when they subscribe using code BLOOM0818 at paperpumpkin.com by August 10.

By popular demand, we are bringing back an incredible offer on Designer Series Paper: You can buy three packages of select Designer Series Paper and get one FREE during July! This sale includes select Designer Series Paper from the annual catalog (see list below). So take advantage of this excellent opportunity to buy lots and lots of pretty paper!

A GIFT THAT KEEPS GIVING

Have you thought about joining Stampin’ Up! for a discount? Or as a business? Or to feed your crafting habit? If so, now is the time to join. In addition to the $99 Starter Kit (that you get to pick ALL of the product), you will get an entire color family of INK PADS FREE!!! That’s an additional $70 worth of Stampin’ FREE! If I weren’t already signed up, I would be now!

Promotion Dates: July 1–31, 2018

Details

  • Free assortment of Classic Stampin’ Pads available only to new demonstrators who submit applications within promotion dates.
  • 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.
  • The 2017–2020 In Color Classic Stampin’ Pads bundle is exclusive to this promotion and includes all colors in both the 2017–2019 In Colors as well as those in the 2018–2020 In Colors.
  • The Neutrals assortment does not include the three Basic colors: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, and Whisper White.

If you want a little more info before committing, I have a great FAQ page as well as a picture walk through of the Joining process. I am a huge question asker and get freaked out not knowing what I am going into so having the pictures of the actual online joining process made sense to provide to my customers.

 

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Simple, Handmade Coffee Notecard

Happy Friday!  What a week. Things are getting busier by the day- school is out (partially), it’s Vacation Bible School for the boy and the girl is having 10 month old separation anxiety. I love my kids, but I am one tired mama.

BUT, COFFEE. Saves the day every time!

I have a super quick and simple note card for you today. You can easily make a stack of these handmade cards to give to a friend as a pick me up. AND You only need four supplies to make it happen!

Grab your supplies and join the fun!

 

 

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Craft Sale @ Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack

Happy Wednesday! Today is accounting day- I attempt to go into the law office and get a little bookkeeping done, generally while the baby sits at my feet getting into things.

Meanwhile, I am daydreaming about what crafty things I will come up with next. Ha!  I periodically check the clearance rack from Stampin’ Up! and I have to say there are some impressive deals.  The acorn punch, balloon framelits, and Christmas paper galore (I’m looking at you Merry Music)!

As always, it is limited availability so snag it while you still can.

 

How to: Easy Coffee Themed Thank You Cards

How to: Easy Coffee Themed Thank You Cards from StampinFool.com

Do You Love Coffee?

Coffee is where it’s at. You know I love coffee! (Have you seen all of my coffee posts on Instagram? ha!) Between sipping a cup in the morning to the occasional afternoon Starbucks run for a pick me up, there is no caffeine shortage in my household.

So, as a small tribute to my coffee loving friends, and I am sure you have a few too, I made up some quick and easy coffee themed greeting cards.

These quick and easy cards have Stampin’ Up!’s Coffee Break patterned paper as the main component. I topped them off with a lace paper doily and a cut out coffee cup tied with string. Because the coffee cup shape is super simple, you can either cut them out by hand pretty easily or use the coordinating framelits to die cut them with your Big Shot machine.

Here are the super simple cards that are easy to recreate and send off to that special coffee lover!  Want directions and measurements to make your own? Keep reading!

How to: Easy Coffee Themed Thank You Cards from StampinFool.com

How to: Easy Coffee Themed Thank You Cards from StampinFool.com

Measurements:

  • Card base: 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 5.5″
  • Patterned Paper layer 1: 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Lace Paper Doily
  • Largest Stitched Circle Thinlit or 2 1/2″ circle punch
  • Largest and Medium coffee cups from stamp set
  • Crumb Cake die cut coffee coozie (thinlit that has textured ribbing)
  • “Thanks a Latte” stamped and cut out or die cut with coordinating framelits
  • White Baker’s twine tied in a bow

 

How to make the DIY Instagram Themed Birthday Card

How to make DIY Instagram themed Birthday Card at StampinFool.com

Give the Gift of Instagram

I love Instagram!! If you follow my feed (stampin.fool) you will see sneak peeks of projects, lots of coffee, and the occasional cute baby picture in my Story feed. I enjoy posting photos and short videos and I love my Instagram friends, a lot of whom craft with me, DIY, and parent. Some I’ve met, some are new, and some I would love to get together with and share a coffee!

Instagram is popular across all ages. With that in mind, I made the *perfect* DIY birthday card for the instagram lover. You can recreate this card and give put a huge smile on their face! It mimics the Instagram icon, which is a camera–  because Instagram is all about photos!

How to make DIY Instagram themed Birthday Card at StampinFool.com

How to make DIY Instagram themed Birthday Card at StampinFool.com

(Here is a snapshot of the layers coming together before it is put onto the yellow card stock)

How to make the DIY Instagram Themed Birthday Card

Directions:

  1. Cut Crushed Curry card stock to 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″. Cut White to 4 1/4″ X 8 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″ and fold in half.
  2. Sponging tip: Cut full sponge into 3-4 wedges. Starting in the top left corner with Rich Razzleberry, sponge ink onto card stock by dabbing sponge lightly into ink pad and rubbing the color onto card stock in a circular motion, blending out hard lines. Sponge Melon Mambo next starting in top right corner and working down and towards the center.
  3. Blend Razzleberry and Melon with Calypso Coral ink throughout the center, leaving the bottom left corner uncolored. With Crushed Curry ink, sponge the bottom left corner upwards filling in any blank spots (making sure not to get inky fingers into the yellow).
  4. On scrap White card stock, stamp You Make me Smile (from Colorful Seasons stamp set) in Versamark clear ink, shake Gold Emboss powder, tap off excess and heat set with heat tool until it turns shiny. Punch out with Tailored Tag punch.
  5. Using the second to largest square Stitched thinlit, cut out the middle of the 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ sponged card stock. Then use the 1″ circle punch to cut out the center of the sponged layer layer. Your sponged layer will now essentially have holes in it, but they will be covered by the white layers in between and the shading will be undisrupted which is why I designed it this way instead of sponging each layer.
  6. Cut a white layer of 3″ x 3″ for the outermost camera part.  Use the 1 3/4″ circle to punch out a white circle for the middle of the camera.
  7. Round the corner of each layer except the base and largest White layer.
  8. Begin layering the pieces with dimesionals. Finish with a glitter enamel dot in the right corner of the camera.
  9. Glue then entire 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ white folded card to the 4 3/4″ Crushed Curry card stock. The yellow part will remain one layer while the photo part opens.
  10. Add the greeting with a dimensional or two and embellish with ribbon if desired.

How to make DIY Instagram themed Birthday Card at StampinFool.com

Supply List:

How to make DIY Instagram themed Birthday Card at StampinFool.com

Southern Serenade Double Z Fold Tutorial

It’s been busy around my house from Christmas to January’s flu epidemic, to February going non stop, plus this sweet little baby of mine. I haven’t had as much time to craft and blog as I would like, but I am working on making time for the things I love.

I finally got a chance to play with a few new products from the Occasions Catalog.  I LOVE the Southern Serenade stamp set for a few reasons:

1 It’s eclectic and the images are great for layering.

2 There are words for both the outer greeting and inside sentiment.

3 Lace. I love lace.

4 Outline images can be watercolored.

5 You can make an entire card with only one stamp set.

Here’s a snapshot of the stamps in the Southern Serenade set.

This card is relatively simple, but the fancy fold gives it a little something extra. It is essentially monochromatic with Berry Burst being the focal color and a little black and pop of Wild Wasabi. Keep reading for directions on how to make the double Z fold.

Southern Serenade Double Z Fold Tutorial from StampinFool.com

While some double Z fold cards open sideways, I opted for one that pulls down, but still folds flat to a standard size of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″.

 

Southern Serenade Double Z Fold Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Southern Serenade Double Z Fold Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Southern Serenade Double Z Fold Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Directions:

  1. Cut card base from Berry Burst card stock to 4 1/4 x 11″.
  2. Score at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″.
  3. Cut Black card stock to 3 1/2″ x 10″.  Score at 2 3/4″ x  5 1/2″.
  4. Cut White panels as follows: 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ and 2 1/2″ x 3″ (2 panels).
  5. Stamp lace randomly on Berry Burst card base.
  6. Stamp floral outline in Momento Black ink on white panel front.
  7. Stamp sentiments and flower on bottom two panels (they are the same size so it does not matter which piece you stamp on).
  8. Stamp lace onto sentiment panel.  Watercolor floral with Berry Burst and Wild Wasabi ink using Aquapainters.
  9. Adhere white panels to Basic Black folding piece.
  10. To adhere black panel to card base, place Tear & Tape as follows (picture below also for reference):
    1. On the TOP back panel of black piece.
    2. Two strips on the top and bottom of the very bottom panel.
    3. Directly above the first score line of the Berry Burst base in the center (about two inches, not extending to the sides of the base or it will show).
  11. Remove white paper backing from Tear Tape. Center the top Black panel over Berry Burst base about of 1/2″ down and adhere. To adhere the bottom section to the base, slowly begin to fold the card front down as if you are closing it, line up the bottom black portion over the bottom card base, and once the card is folded closed, the black portion will fall into place, press down to adhere.

Southern Serenade Double Z Fold Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Southern Serenade Double Z Fold Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Southern Serenade Double Z Fold Tutorial from StampinFool.com

 

 

Southern Serenade Double Z Fold Tutorial from StampinFool.com

 

 

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How To Make Instagram Stories Highlight Icons + Free Checklist

How To Make Instagram Stories Highlight Icons + FREE CHECKLIST from StampinFool.com

Have you seen the new Instagram Story highlights?  If you have a business account on Instagram (you can switch over under your profile) you can add your favorite “My Story” posts to the favorites bar, which will stay posted at the top of your IG page.  I love that I can feature my favorite on the go moments or deals of the day.

Not sure what I am talking about? Here is a snapshot of mine.

How To Make Instagram Stories Highlight Icons + FREE CHECKLIST from StampinFool.com

{{ PS- if you haven’t already, hit that follow button so you don’t miss a thing! }}

While you can choose your favorite snapshots, you can also take it up a notch by branding your IG page and using icons to separate your posts into categories.  How cool is that?!  And it is super easy.

I’m going to walk you through creating these icons and uploading them, for FREE, and I’ll finish up the post with a checklist of how to get them going.

STEP 1: CREATE A CANVA ACCOUNT

Canva is a great free tool for creating graphics for everything from Facebook covers to ads to post cards, business cards and banner ads that arhttp://(itunes.apple.com/au/app/canva-graphic-design-photo-editing/id897446215?mt=8e already pre-sized to fit.  It is free; but note there is a paid version and paid graphics. If you want to keep it free, just look for the images that have a little “FREE” banner on them.

I suggest connecting to your Facebook account. It’s easy to log in and you can easily upload images to Facebook that you have created for albums, albums sales, covers, profile photos, and sponsored ads.

How To Make Instagram Stories Highlight Icons + FREE CHECKLIST from StampinFool.com

STEP 2: FIND THE IG STORIES TEMPLATE

On the left hand side, click the Template button, then in the search bar (top middle) type “Instagram Stories”. A ton of options will come up. Choose a free template and double click. It will open a design page with the template.

How To Make Instagram Stories Highlight Icons + FREE CHECKLIST from StampinFool.com

STEP 3: DELETE EVERYTHING

Select the elements on the template and delete them (top left, trash can button). Delete all of them so that you are left with a blank white template.

How To Make Instagram Stories Highlight Icons + FREE CHECKLIST from StampinFool.com

STEP 4: CHOOSE A BACKGROUND

On the left menu, choose Background. Scroll through and find a background you like or better yet, that coordinates with your brand.  My blog, StampinFool.com, is pink, gold and black themed. I choose a light pink with circles background to mimic my blog header.  I LOVE the marble background. You can add the background to your template by clicking on it.

STEP 5: CHOOSE ICONS

Back to the left hand menu: Elements. Here you will find icons to your hearts content. I started with Shapes and added a circle design. I then selected Icons and chose icons that represented what I want to feature.  You can resize and recolor the icons easily.  If you center the image (Canva gives you placement guides), it will show up in the Instagram Stories Highlight circle once you upload the image.

How To Make Instagram Stories Highlight Icons + FREE CHECKLIST from StampinFool.com

STEP 6: DOWNLOAD

On the top bar you will want to first rename the document by clicking the current design title.  Now you need to get the cover graphics onto your phone. You can 1) Click Download and email the image to yourself, open email on phone and Save to each image to Camera Roll or 2) download the Canva App.

In Canva App (iPhone): This one is a little trickier, so if you are tech saavy keep reading, if not, revert to downloading and email to yourself. Your Designs > Open the document > Share- let it process > Save to Files. Under the Files App, Open the file by clicking on it, select the upload button (bottom left) and Save Image to your photo roll.

How To Make Instagram Stories Highlight Icons + FREE CHECKLIST from StampinFool.com

Here’s what it looks like in the Canva App on iPhone once you have saved it to the Files App.

STEP 7: LOAD ‘EM UP TO INSTAGRAM

On your phone: Open Instagram. Go to your profile. Click New + on the Stories bar. Upload the LAST IMAGE FIRST. The images will appear in the order uploaded, being newest first. So, make sure you upload them in reverse order.  To add stories to the icon, select each icon and click the More elipses (bottom right) > Edit Highlight > Archive. Archive will be where you select the photos you want to appear under that category. Click back over to Highlighted before hitting done and make sure te cover photo is the icon. You can Edit Cover and reselect the icon if needed.

How To Make Instagram Stories Highlight Icons + FREE CHECKLIST from StampinFool.com

You’re all set!  Now this post may seem a little wordy, but really uploading them to Instagram in the correct order is the most difficult part, and I already learned that by trial and error for you. So, read the directions, make those icons and let me know what you come up with.

Instagram Stories Highlight Icons FREE CHECKLIST

Download the PDF CHECKLIST HERE.

How To Make Instagram Stories Highlight Icons + FREE CHECKLIST from StampinFool.com

I’d love to see what you made- comment below with your IG handle once you’ve uploaded your Instagram Stories Highlight Icons and I will check them out!

Instagram Stories_ Making Highlight Icons Checklist

 

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Stampin’ Up! Painted with Love Birthday Card

I love gold. I really love pink and gold together, so when I browsed through the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog and saw this Painted with Love designer paper that had shiny gold swooshes and stripes all over it I was excited.  I continued flipping through the pages until the sequin embossing folder caught my eye- it’s glorious!!

At this stage in my life, and this close to Vday, I don’t really need to make Valentine cards, so I decided to use the paper for a Birthday card. I always need birthday cards.

Stampin' Up! Painted with Love Birthday Card from the 2018 Occasions Catalog

What do you think? I love it!! Drop a comment below with your favorite Occasions goodie!!

Hearts Come Home Decor

For this year’s annual Stampin’ party, I knew I wanted to use the Hearts Come Home framelits. I hit Home Goods to find the perfect hurricane vase. I flipped it over to measure the circumference and draw a circle template for the base to hide the cords and to figure out how many inches of town I needed to die cut.

I started with Shimmery White 4″ high card stock, running it through the Big Shot with the steeple at the top. I pieced together two strips to fit around the entire base. I made a smaller layer for the top. The battery box is under layer one which also has fairy lights wrapped around the outside and inside. In the base, I cut a thin slit to pull the lights through.

Joy to the World is heat embossed in gold. Here’s the finished project. Do you love it as much as I do?!

Supply list to come.

DIY Fall Wine Bottle Tag

DIY Fall Wine Bottle Tag from StampinFool.com, Sunflowers, Painted Harvest, Wine Tag

Fall DIY Love

Fall has arrived!  I am so glad that cooler days are among us. It’s almost Thanksgiving and that means wine; lots of wine.  My favorite hostess gift for all of our Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving festivities is a Trader Joe’s flower bunch and a nice bottle of red wine with a handmade wine bottle tag.  It says- thanks, you are special and worth the time to create a little something extra.

This DIY wine bottle tag is no exception. Its easy, but exceptional. The supplies are listed at the end of this post.  Below are the dimensions and directions.

Directions:

  1. Cut thick White card stock to 3″ x 7.5″.  Score at 3″ from top.  Fold score line.
  2. Punch 2″ circle in middle of small scored top section to make bottle neck hole.
  3. With scrap paper underneath, in the darkest color, Fresh Fig, ink and stamp 3-4 flowers making sure that parts of the sunflowers are extending off of the tag. Clean stamp and repeat in Berry Burst, clean and repeat in Crushed Curry ink.
  4. Using the flower center, stamp Crumb Cake interiors to each flower. Precision not required.
  5. Cut a piece of Berry Burst card stock to 1″ x 3″.  Stamp “the best wines” from Half Full stamp set in Versamark. Cover with Copper embossing powder, tap off excess and heat with tool until shiny. Let dry for 30 seconds.
  6. Cut 4″ Curry ribbon and scrunch and adhere to the back of 1″ Berry Burst embossed piece.  Adhere Berry Burst saying to the tag front with 4 dimensionals for added depth.
  7. Add a few faceted gold gems, hang around a bottle of your favorite red or white.
  8. Gift and enjoy!

DIY Fall Wine Bottle Tag from StampinFool.com, Sunflowers, Painted Harvest, Wine Tag

DIY Fall Wine Bottle Tag from StampinFool.com, Sunflowers, Painted Harvest, Wine Tag

Do you love it?  If you make a wine tag of your own, PLEASE PLEASE email me a picture! I love to see what you create with my DIY tutorials.

 

DIY Fall Wine Bottle Tag from StampinFool.com, Sunflowers, Painted Harvest, Wine Tag

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