My Top 5 Picks from the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack

My Top 5 Picks From the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack Take a look at my top 5 picks from the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack.  New items were added today from the 2015 Holiday Catalog.  Be sure to order the items right away, because once they sell out, they are gone for good.  Be sure to also check out the slideshow at the bottom of this post to view ALL of the Clearance Rack items.  There are many more items than just my top 5 pick. #1:  To You and Yours Shaker Card Kit  was $24.00 | now only $9.60 #2:  Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit  was $21 | now only $8.40 #3:  Hello December 2015 Project Life Accessory Pack was $15 | now $6 #4:  Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Project Life Card Collection was $16 | now $6.40 #5:  Real Red Pom Pom Trim was $6.00 | now $2.40 Before you freak out and say to yourself, “All of this is Christmas stuff!” just think back to the start of the Christmas season and remember how excited you were when you promised yourself that THIS would be the year when you would get everything done without being stressed.  Then think back to the middle of Christmas season when panic set in and you realized that your plan failed.  You can conquer the failure by ordering my top 5 picks from the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack.  Why?  Let me tell you. You can read about the features and benefits of the To You & Yours Shaker Card Kit HERE, and see examples of cards you can quickly assemble with the leftovers HERE, HERE, and HERE.  You will be a rock star when your friends receive these cards in the mail.  You can also give the kit as a gift to the card making lovers in your life. Who doesn’t want to open a present with the a tag from the Oh What Fun Tag Project Kit?  What I love most about these fun Christmas tags is that you can add them to small gifts and gift bags that otherwise wouldn’t make a great first impression and turn what at first glance looks like an underwhelming gift into the first gift your friends want to open. I have included both the Hello December 2015 Project Life Accessory Pack  (just cut out the “2015”) and the Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Project Life Card Collection for the same reason.  Each kit provides enough materials for you to quickly assemble not only scrapbooks, but also fun greeting cards.  It takes no time to cut and score card stock and use the items in both of these kits to put together cute Christmas cards. Do I even need to explain why you need the Real Red Pom Pom Trim?  I mean just look at how adorable it is!  Use it to wrap presents, string it up and use our Mini Metallic Clothespins to hang up your Christmas cards, or use it as an embellishment on your cards.  And hey, its’ red, so you can also use it for Valentine’s Day and Fourth of July projects! Here is a look at ALL of the Clearance Rack items.  Have fun shopping!!

Act Now! Get Retiring Stampin’ Up! Products Before They’re Gone (Plus a Little Tidbit About Halle Berry)

For the first time, Stampin’ Up! has published the items from the current 2015 Holiday Catalog that will NOT be returning.  Click HERE to see the myriad of wonderful items that will be retiring for good once the Holiday Catalog sales period ends or once the items sell out.  You can take a look at my Portfolio page to see some of the fun items you can create with the items in the Holiday Catalog.  I’m sad that some of my favorites won’t be returning, but that just means that there will be room for many more great products in January 2016 when the new Occasions Catalog goes live. Speaking of the new Occasions Catalog, guess what?  I have a copy in my hot little hands!  On Saturday, I had the opportunity to join nearly 400 other demonstrators at Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage Local event in Tampa, Florida.  It was a great day!  Even though the number of attendees may sound small, it was actually a huge event!  It was Stampin’ Up!’s first ever GLOBAL event.  The main “convention” was held in Brussels, Belgium, but because of modern-day technology, the event was broadcast to eleven other locations around the globe where Stampin’ Up! demonstrators gathered to watch, listen, learn, and have a blast! I can’t show you any of the upcoming products that will be offered in the new Occasions Catalog just yet, but let me just say that you’ll want to act TODAY and take advantage of one of this week’s WEEKLY DEALS before they end tonight.  Just trust me and buy the Festive Flower Builder Punch, okay?  You are going to DIE when you see what is in store for that little punch!  You won’t believe how ADORABLE it is…(You can order it HERE.) ******* Finally, a special shout-out of thanks for all of your support and encouragement during my quest for the 2016 Artisan Design Team.  There’s always next year!  Also, a  special thanks to my daughters for reminding me of THIS ARTICLE of encouragement that I once wrote on their behalf about an important lesson we can ALL learn from Halle Berry.     

stampin up season of cheer designer series paper

Card-Maker’s Block

We’ve all heard of writer’s block.  We know it’s a real thing.  But have you ever heard of card-maker’s block?  It’s a real thing, too.  I know because I have experienced it.  It happened to me yesterday.  I couldn’t come up with anything.  Everything I tried turned out disastrous. I’m embarrassed to show you.  However, I thought it would be fun to do a post of my mishaps.  I was trying to engineer windows that would pull open to reveal a cozy indoor fireplace scene.  No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t figure out how to get the window on the left side to swing open.  I refused to YouTube it because I was determined to figure it out for myself.  (I’m stubborn that way sometimes.)  I gave up.  What was supposed to be a pull-out card with a fireplace scene using the Festive Fireplace Stamp Set, turned out to be a jeweled gold window winter scene.  Go figure. I trashed the swinging window idea.  I was second-guessing myself the entire time I was making this card.  My mind was playing tricks on me!  Who has a gold window frame?  Stars in the sky aren’t gold.  What does the jeweled-toned piece of paper from the Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper have to do with a quaint outdoorsy winter theme?  How can I make a card without embellishments?  What?  No ribbon?? To calm myself down, I made a standard size card and added a piece of Gold 1/8″ Ribbon. And then the mind games started all over again.  No sentiment?  Did I add too much “snow?”  You get the idea. I finished it all off by eating a bowl of ice cream and I felt much better.  The end. ******** Do you ever have days like this?  Please share! Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Make a Gift Card Holder with Stampin’ Up!’s Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper

Use Stampin’ Up!’s Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper to make this gift card holder for your Christmas gift card gifts.  Gift cards are so fun to give (and receive!) and when they are given in a creative way, they are sure to be a hit.  Take a look at my video and the photos below to see how you can easily make this style of gift card holder.  One piece of 12 x 12 paper is enough to make two holders, so you can make twenty four gift card holders for only $11!  You certainly can’t purchase anything this cute in a store, especially at that price!   Here is a look at the inside: Measurements: Cut 12 x 12 piece of Designer Series Paper to 11-3/4″ x 5-1/4″ Score at 2″, 3-1/2″, 5″, and 8-3/4″ Cut the 3-1/2″ score line from the 3/4″ measurement to the 4-1/2″ measurement (see video for how to do this!) Here is a list of all of the products I used.  If you would like to order any, just click on the picture.  Thanks for stopping by! Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Wickedly Sweet Paper Pumpkin Kit Alternate Ideas: Video

The Wickedly Sweet Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stampin’ Up! is such a wonderful box full of fun for September 2015!  The kit contains all of the products that you need to make eight fall/Halloween treat bags.  I showed you on my blog post HERE that you can also use some of the pieces from the kit with a few additional supplies to make a monster and a gift card holder.  Check out my YouTube video below where I explain how to make these alternate projects.  They are really easy!  The extra supplies are listed below the video.  Have a great weekend!  I hope you have lots of stamping time planned!! I love Paper Pumpkin kits for so many reasons!  Here are just a few:  Every month is a different surprise!  Who doesn’t love surprises?  The kits contain EVERYTHING you need to complete the project!  After you complete the project, you still have a Stampin’ Spot AND a stamp set!!!  Such a great value!  As I have shown you, you can use your creativity and make other things with the items that come in the kit.  Create, create, create! Did you make anything different with YOUR Paper Pumpkin Kit?  If so, leave us a link to your blog in the comments!  

September 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit Alternatives

The September 2015 Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin Kit is called Wickedly Sweet.  The kit contains all of the Stampin’ Up! products that you need to make eight of these adorable treat bags: Today, I want to show you two additional projects that you can make when you combine the items from the kit with some other fun Stampin’ Up! products. The first is a monster bag and the second is a gift card with a coordinating envelope.  Take a look! This little monster was so easy to make!  Just poke the paper straw through the sides and attach the self-adhesive Kraft fringe.  Add some googly eyes and you’re done! The little fringed bag that comes in the Wickedly Sweet Paper Pumpkin Kit is the perfect size to hold a gift card.  For this project, you will need to use the following in addition to the Paper Pumpkin Kit items: Into the Woods Designer Series Paper Elegant Eggplant Classic Stampin’ Pad Envelope Punch Board Clothespins Stampin’ Trimmer Just cut off the fringe and decorate!  So fun and so easy! ___________ Have you subscribed to Paper Pumpkin yet?  Why not?!?!  Click HERE for all the details!  I’ll also post a video tutorial soon and you can make the monster and gift card holder with me.  To see step-by-step instructions on how to make the Wickedly Sweet treat bag, visit my YouTube channel.