stampin up cool treats

Stampin Up Cool Treats

Stampin Up Cool Treats I know the chances are pretty high that it’s probably snowing wherever you are now.  The last thing you want to think about is a cool treat when all you want is a nice hot cup of cocoa!  But since I showed you how you could use the Stampin’ Up! Cool Treats bundle in the Valentine’s Day card I made yesterday, I wanted to show you a little tip today.  It only takes about a minute, and it will make your ice cream scoops and popsicles look really yummy!! Take a look at my short video to see how I used a Stampin’ Sponge and the Peekaboo Peach In-Color Classic Pad to make the scoop of ice cream really “pop.” Like I stated in the video, this technique isn’t limited to the ice cream dies.  You can use the Stampin’ Sponges and ink to hide oops and add dimension to any die-cut shape.  It’s easy and makes your shapes look even better! Here is a closer look at the scoops.  Notice the darker edges. To order any of the supplies I used to make this card, click on the photo in the slide show below to visit my online store.  Thanks for looking! Be sure to hit the little buttons at the top of my sidebar to subscribe to my YouTube Channel, follow Stampin with Charlene on Instagram, and follow my FaceBook page.  And be sure to sign up to receive free email alerts whenever I post a new project.  I love the Stampin’ Up! Cool Treats bundle, so I’m sure I’ll be making many more cards!!

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.

Make a Paper Purse!

Make a Paper Purse Be sure to sign up for my free Template Tuesday Newsletter so you can receive the template to make this fun paper purse!  In the video below, you’ll see just how easy it is to print the PDF and assemble the pieces.  It literally takes about ten minutes from start to finish.     In the video, you’ll see that I used the paper purse as a little house for stuffed animals.  You can also use the paper purse as an Easter basket, party favor, or dress-up.  To make the paper purse, you’ll need the following supplies: PDF Template Printer Paper Snips Tear and Tape Adhesive Designer Series Paper Pencil Small Oval Punch Stampin’ Trimmer You’ll need two pieces of 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper for each purse, so you can make six paper purses from one pack of Designer Series Paper.  However, if you are going to use your purses as party favors, I suggest purchasing the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Pack.  The It’s My Party DSP contains 48 pieces of paper, so you can make 24 purses and the designs are super fun.  Best of all, the stack is $26 (before tax/s/h) so each purse is just over $1 each!  You can sign up for my free Template Tuesday Newsletter in the box below this post.  Sign up by midnight tonight so that you’ll receive the Paper Purse Template when the email goes out tomorrow.  🙂  

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 DSP Card #2

Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper Card #2 To see Card #1, click HERE.  I’m excited to show you today’s Wildflower Fields DSP (Designer Series Paper) card because the card layout isn’t my usual design style. However, I wanted to once again mention the versatility of the beautiful colors and patterns of the Wildflower Fields DSP. I also want to remind you that even though I’m actively using new paper and stamp sets from the 2016 Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration Catalog, the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog is still alive and well.  When you watch the corresponding video for this card, you’ll see how one of the sheets of paper from the Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper coordinates perfectly with this particular design from the Wildflower Fields paper. This card shows that you can assemble a card quickly and easily with just one stamp and allow the paper to do all the WOW-ing.  Listen to my short video explanation: I have to admit that I wasn’t too thrilled with this particular “dandelion” Calypso Coral/Black pattern in the Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper Pack.  However, when I added the extra layer of paper from the Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper, I think the original pattern suddenly went from boring to chic.  The extra black and white makes the Calypso Coral background pop and turns this otherwise dull pattern into a WOW! card. New stuff is always fun, but it’s also fun to remember about the great products in the Annual Catalog.  I’m glad I pulled out my Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper and added it to this “hello” card. A “hello” card can be used for several different occasions.  I like to leave all of my cards blank on the inside when I make them.  That way I can customize the card with a handwritten sentiment for whatever the need may be. Come back tomorrow for Card #3!!