Pyramid Pals Star

Pyramid Pals Star Have you seen the Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies?  You might think that the Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies and the coordinating Playful Pals Photopolymer Stamp Set are just for creating cards and projects for kids.  Wrong! Did you know that you can make a Pyramid Pals star?  I love to use Stampin’ Up! products to create out-of-the-box projects and the Pyramid Pals Thinlits shapes really spurred my creative juices. I used the new Flirty Flamingo Designer Series Paper from the 2016-2018 In-Color Designer Series Paper Pack to create five pyramids.  I attached the pyramids together on the inside with Tear and Tape Adhesive, added some crinkly paper and a candle. and that was all!  It was so, so easy.  SO easy, in fact, that I am going to keep this project in my memory bank to create for my daughters’ bridal showers and/or weddings.  (NO!  They are nowhere near getting married, I just have OCD.) Wouldn’t they be perfect table decorations?  You can also punch a tiny hole in the top of one of the points and hang a bunch of starts along a string or from the ceiling.  There are so many possibilities!  Don’t let the true intention of Stampin’ Up! products limit your creative ideas.  When I first saw the Pyramid Pals Thinlits Dies and the coordinating Playful Pals Photopolymer Stamp Set I quickly turned the page because I didn’t think I would have any use for a juvenile stamp set.  I was wrong! It was a real challenge to photograph the star to get the true Flirty Flamingo color.  I encourage you to take a look at the professional photographs in the 2016-17 Annual Catalog (I can mail you one if you would like – just leave a comment) and the slide show below to get a better taste of the beautiful new Flirty Flamingo products.

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.

How to Up-Cycle a Cookie Tin/Video Tutorial

Let’s up-cycle a cookie tin!  Take a look at my how-to video, and then come back to see some photos and a list of the products that you’ll need. I love to use Stampin’ Up! products in ways that go above and beyond greeting cards.  With all of the Designer Series Paper, ribbon, and other embellishments, there really is no limit to the creative possibilities that Stampin’ Up! products provide.  Here is a before/after pick: This project is so fun and is appropriate for any level of crafting experience.  You don’t even have to use an empty tin.  Who wouldn’t love to get a tin that is up-cycled AND full of delicious cookies, right? 🙂 Look at the adorable Spider Web Doily!!  And the Black Glimmer Paper that I used around the lip of the lid is so cool.  Who doesn’t love glitter, right? I just couldn’t resist adding little googly eyes to the vampire.  So cute! If you have any questions about this project or any others that you see here, leave a comment or send me an email at stampingwithcharlene@gmail.com. Here is a closer look at the Stampin’ Up! products I used to up-cycle the tin.  If you would like to order any of these items, just click on each picture. Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

2015 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is HERE!

The wait is over!  Stampin’ Up!’s 2015 Holiday Catalog is now live for you!  Take a look at my video preview where I show you the wonderful Halloween items included in the catalog that are now available to order. If you would like a hard-copy of the catalog, send me an email (stampingwithcharlene@gmail.com) and I will send you one.  Without further delay… As a quick reminder, here are the projects that I have created so far using items from the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  Just click on each photo to see more.                                               Here are some close-ups of some of the wonderful Halloween projects that are in the catalog.  Speaking of Halloween, be sure to check back later this week!  I will be posting a how-to video and some photos of a used cookie tin that I up-cycled into a Halloween treat tin.  Subscribe to my blog (on my sidebar) and when the post goes live, you will receive an email notice.  Fun, fun! (I promise I won’t use your email address for spam.) Have fun shopping the new 2015 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog!!

Fringe Scissor Flowers

The 4th of July has come and gone, but these flowers that I made using Stampin’ Up!’s Fringe Scissors are as exciting as  fireworks!  The best part is that they are so easy to make.  I made mine using paper from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack and the new Cherry on Top Cotton Paper Assortment, but you can easily use any color combo to make cute centerpieces for your special event; think Blushing Bride or Soft Sky for a baby shower!  How cute would that be? Supplies: Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack Cherry on Top Cotton Paper Assortment Fringe Scissors Tear and Tape Adhesive Cherry on Top Designer Washi Tape Purchased small wooden skewers Purchased small metal bucket How-To: Cut strips of paper 1-3/4″ x varying lengths Use the fringe scissors to cut along the length of the strips  and stop 1/4″ from the end like this: Run a strip of the new Tear and Tape Adhesive along the 1/4″ line like this: Place the skewer at the end of the strip and roll tightly until the entire strip is rolled onto the skewer like this: Fluff the fringe Decorate the skewer with washi tape I placed mine in a small tin bucket.  You can use yours however you would like!  I think they look like giant appetizer toothpicks.  Make a bunch and use them to add some firework effects at your next party! Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Color Combination Inspiration, Day 2 Plus Lots of Good News!

Yesterday, I told you how I “think in Stampin’ Up!” language.  The inspiration for that card came from my daughter’s apartment décor.  Today’s card inspiration comes from the colors in her bedroom here at home.  (How long do I keep an official bedroom for her at home?  This empty-nester stuff is still new to me.)  Her room is painted in Behr’s Elephant Skin and Behr’s Harmonious paint colors.          For my card, I used Smoky Slate and Soft Sky.  Whenever a new catalog and new In-Colors come out, I always feel a little sad for the tried and true oldies but goodies, and Soft Sky is one of those colors.  I don’t use it very often, but it is absolutely beautiful when it is used along with Smoky Slate and when silver ribbon, metallic thread, sequins and rhinestones area added to the mix.  The colors make this card so calming.  I think I stumbled upon a new favorite combo! What do you think? ***** In addition to providing you with some stamping inspiration, today I also get to share with you news of new  Stampin Up! special promotions!  Be sure to check out the Clearance Rack!  New items were added today and are available while supplies last. As if new Clearance Rack items weren’t enough, be sure to  check out this week’s Weekly Deals! The FUN FLOWER PUNCH that I used to punch the cute flower for this card is on the list.   Amazing!!!! Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog P.S.  After I wrote this post, I walked into my doctor’s office and BAM! Look at the magazine that was on the top of the pile and look at the color scheme…