Paper Pumpkin Kits Are Perfect For Kids!

Paper Pumpkin Kits Are Perfect For Kids! Did you know that Paper Pumpkin Kits are perfect for kids?  I wanted to see just how easy and convenient Stampin’ Up!’s Paper Pumpkin Kits really are, so I put the March 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit to the test.  I enlisted my six-year-old nephew to help me assemble two cards from the kit and as you will see in the video we recorded, he enjoyed every minute of making cards with me.  It was a wonderful experience that he keeps talking about and wants to do over and over and over again! You have to pay close attention to what he says around the 8:45 mark when I show him that one of the pieces in the kit is a sticker.  I died!  Also, listen to the story he tells at the end of the video and you will see and hear for yourself what a wonderful little boy he is. I can’t wait until we can film our next video!  Be sure to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin so you can make the kits over the summer with your kids!  What is so wonderful about the Paper Pumpkin Kits is that each box contains everything you need to complete the project.  It is a perfect activity for long car rides and rainy days. Click HERE to subscribe and find out for yourself that Paper Pumpkin Kits are perfect for kids!  (Remember that the kits contain small parts that could be choking hazards for small children and Stampin’ Up! has not officially announced that Paper Pumpkin Kits are perfect for kids.  This is my personal opinion based on my own experience. Be sure that you provide adult supervision.)

Retiring List and a Quick Product Tip Video

Retiring List | Quick Product Tip Video Today I’d like to share with you the retiring list and a quick product tip video. It’s always a bitter-sweet day for me when Stampin’ Up! publishes the list of retiring products from its current annual catalog.  I don’t like change and I don’t like goodbyes.  However, this year things are a little different because as a demonstrator, I was able to view the new upcoming 2016-17 Annual Catalog before seeing the retiring list of products.  Let me just say that YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!!  Take a look at the retiring list (and discounted items!!!) and be sure to order your favorite retiring items right away before they are gone for good.  But then put your tissues away and take out your confetti because when you see the NEW catalog items when the catalog goes live to the public on June 1st, you will want to party!!!! I have a couple of fun card ideas coming up later in the week that use the foil doilies.  Here is a short video on a little tip about what you can do if you run out of doilies.  Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel (it’s free!) so you never miss a video tutorial. View the retired list HERE.  

Bookmark Card Template and Tutorial

Bookmark Card Template and Tutorial My last post was full of pictures of a bookmark card that I created several years ago.  Today’s post includes the bookmark card template and tutorial.  Even though it’s Template Tuesday, I’m providing the template to all of my readers today, not just my email subscribers.  To get started, you’ll want to watch the video, download the template, and most of all…have fun!   ________________________________ 1)  download the template HERE 2)  cut the bookmark case 4-1/4″ x 7-3/4″ 3)  score the case at 2″ and 4″ 4)  cut the bookmark piece 1-7/8″ x 7-3/4″ 5)  I also used the following supplies: _____________________________________ I’ve created different versions of this card over the years.  This slider bookmark card is sized differently, but the overall concept is the same as the card in the YouTube video.   You can see a larger version using Stampin’ Up!’s Sprinkles of Life stamp set HERE, along with a tutorial that includes the different measurements.

Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder The WOW factor on today’s Wildflower Fields card is the flower that I punched using the Fun Flower punch. Before I punched the flower and the flower’s center, I ran the card stock through the Big Shot with the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Take a look at my short video explanation: I ran out of Hello Honey card stock, so for my Fun Flower I substituted Daffodil Delight.  That’s one of the many reasons why I love Stampin’ Up! products!  The colors coordinate with each other beautifully!  Even though Hello Honey is a deeper, richer, yellow, Daffodil Delight does the trick of pulling out all of the wonderful colors in the Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper.  I absolutely love all the colors in Stampin’ Up!’s Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper.  I think my favorite color is Blackberry Bliss.  I love how it adds drama to the subtle colors of Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, and Calypso Coral. The “hello” sentiment is from the “Hello” stamp set which is available for FREE until February 15th as part of Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-a-Bration promotion.  For every increment of $50 you spend on Stampin’ Up! products, you can select one free item from the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  Fun, fun, fun!  Now is the time to stock up on consumable items like Tear and Tape Adhesive, Fast Fuse, Glue Dots, and Dimensionals.  I buy enough of these items during Sale-a-Bration to last throughout the year and I am rewarded with TONS of free Sale-a-Bration stuff! Here’s a slideshow of the items I used to create today’s “Hello” card: Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog Be sure to check out the first two cards in my “Wildflower Fields” series of cards HERE and HERE.  Thanks for looking!

Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper

Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper   *** Updated to add YouTube video with measurements and how-to fold *** The Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up!’s current Sale-a-Bration catalog is not only colorful and versatile, but it’s also FREE with a qualifying order of $50 or more in Stampin’ Up! merchandise.  For the next five days, I’ll be showing you five completely different cards using the Wildflower Fields paper and different stamp sets from the Sale-a-Bration catalog. I love the coordinating Flowering Fields stamp set!  I colored the flowers with the fine-tip end of the Stampin’ Write Markers and added Dazzling Details to make the flowers pop. The Wildflower Fields card has a funky fold. Take a look: Aren’t the color combinations wonderful? In addition to the regular colors of Basic Black, Whisper White, Calypso Coral, and Old Olive, the Designer Series Paper includes the 2014-2016 In-Colors of Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, and Lost Lagoon. You’ll notice that I didn’t use a sentiment on the card.  I think it’s important to have blank cards on-hand for obvious reasons.  This Wildflower Fields card can be used for just about any occasion, even as a get-well or sympathy card. Here is a short video that explains the measurements and demonstrates how to open the folds: Take a look at the slideshow for all of the supplies I used to make this card, and be sure to come back tomorrow for the second card in my Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper “series.” 🙂  Remember, you can order the paper and the stamp set for free with every increment of $50 that you spend on regular Stampin’ Up! merchandise. Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin Kit October 2015: Acrylic Block Tip

Check out my YouTube video where I show you a fun trick on how to use Stampin’ Up!’s acrylic blocks to make your stamping go a little faster.  If you would like to order extra acrylic blocks that are identical to the block that came in your initial Paper Pumpkin Kit, send me an email:  charlene@stampinwithcharlene.com.  There is no limit to the number of blocks you can order.  Seriously, the more blocks you have, the easier your stamping will be!   Be sure to get in on the Paper Pumpkin Kit action!  It is so fun to receive a surprise box full of goodies in the mail every month.  You don’t need to use any additional Stampin’ Up! products to complete the projects, but as you can see in my past Paper Pumpkin Posts, each kit can be a starting point for even more creativity!  Browse around my blog and see for yourself all the fun projects you make with Paper Pumpkin and will ALL Stampin’ Up! products!