Feb 24, 2015

Weekly Deals - All about Trim!

Hello my crafty peeps!
This weeks deals is all about trim!  I am a bit of a hoarder when it comes to ribbon, twine and other embellishments.  Even though I have lots of Bakers twine I just cannot resist trying to have it in every colour.....  Well this week makes it easy to add to my stash.

Check it out!

Also I have some more great news, for the first time ever, Stampin' Up! will offer 4 new Sale-a-bration rewards for March. Can anyone say "Yippee"? They are so stinkin' cute. Be sure to stop back Sunday, March 1st, for a little peek at all the new free stuff. Happy, Happy, Happy!

Hope you all have a fabulous day and get in some creative therapy...
Hugs, Karen

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Feb 23, 2015

Mojo Monday #386

Happy Monday my crafty peeps!!
It's time for a tall and skinny creation for Mojo Monday, so I went with a 3.5 x 5.5" and fits a regular A2 envelope with a little room left over to let my sentiment hang off the 3.5" side. .
  • The base is 3.5 x 11" cut of Soft Suede cardstock, score long side at 5.5"
  • The 3.25 x 5.25" piece of Best Year Ever Designer Paper (FREE SAB product!), placed on the piece of Soft Suede cardstock.
  • A 1.75 x 3" piece of Best Year Ever Designer Paper, layered on a 2 x 3.25" piece of Calypso Coral cardstock.
  • The image was stamped with  Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana, and Old Olive on Whisper White  
  • To a great friend from the "Simply Wonderful Stamp Set" (FREE SAB product!) was was stamped with Soft Suede and layered to a piece of Crushed Curry and added to the front.
Mojo386 by Karen Stallman

Mojo386 by Cindy Beath Blizzard

Hope you enjoyed todays post.
Hugs, Karen

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Feb 21, 2015

Happy Birthday!

Hi everyone!  I have been sooooo busy!  I have a couple  of announcements to make, and then I want to share a card that I made. 

You all know that I am in the process of starting a great group of crafty peeps, we are called "Pretty in P-ink"  AKA the "Pink Ladies" We all have our own "Fan pages" on Facebook.  Mine is located here.  Please stop by and "Like" my page!  

Eventually as things grow I will have their page links here as well so you can visit their pages too!  We are going to have our projects as well as information on our blog hops and other activities. (Once we start)

Stamp with Sue

Please check out their pages and once we start our challenges and blog hops; please come on by and check it out!  It is going to be AWESOME!!!

We are working on the tutorials for the pages in my "Little Pink Book" and am planning on getting them to you soon.

Now for todays project...

A friend of mine's daughter had her 1st birthday, and this is the card that I made for her

Hugs, Karen

Feb 17, 2015

Facebook update!

Hello loyal Blog followers!

This month also, because of Stampin' Up!s awesome bonus specials, (making the kit now worth $225 for only $125) or hold a workshop that gets of $60 free product when you sign up for the kit, $400 in sales (now getting you $70 free!!!)  Oh my goodness sooooo much has been happening!  "Stamp with Karen" on Facebook has been going OFF! we have just hit 600 "likes"- so thank you so much for everyones support! There are big things in the pipeline for "Stamp with Karen"  on Facebook- so watch this space!

Do you want to pick up some free Stampin' Up! product? 
THE 31st OF MARCH! So get in quick!!

I would love $70 of free Stampin' Up! product...
But you're thinking ... I don't have time to host a party! (or) 
all my friends live all over (or) what do I do with the kids, 
Hubby, lol.. (or) I'de have to clean/cook!! no way I don't have time!!

These things are all valid concerns, we are all so busy now-days which is why we love sites like Facebook well DRUM ROLL PLEASE now you can PARTY ONLINE on Facebook! and get the same benefits  no drama, no fuss, and your "guests" get about a week to decide! PLUS there are freebies for YOU AND ALL WHO BUY THROUGH YOUR PARTY!! plus you are eligible for all the benefits of a traditional party!

If you think this is a fantastic idea, and you would like to know how- please email me and I'll send you through a tutorial of all the benefits  and how we do it (so you reap all the rewards) the benefits all come down to a hostess code that I will give you 

I believe ANYONE can do this! I'm very new in my journey with Stampin' Up! But I am slowly, slowly getting there - and I promise to show you how, if you join my Krafty Peeps team!

So, if you have any other questions DON'T HESITATE to contact me via email or check out the tab above "Join my Team" it has a FAQ answered on that page. I hope to hear from you soon!!  

Hugs, Karen

Feb 16, 2015

Mojo Monday #385

Happy Monday my Krafty Peeps!

This will be my second time participating in the  Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge  .  I am having fun doing these as it gives me that extra push to hop out of bed and make a card, I found myself yesterday itching to find out what the sketch would look like.

Visited with one of my dear friends in the morning and went out for lunch, afterwards I came home and thought do I nap or make the card....

I struggled with this one, as I am trying to use up some DSP I have had for a year now. All and all I think It will be a good card to send to a friend.  

Thank you for your visit. I wish you all a happy holiday Monday.

Hugs, Karen

Feb 15, 2015

My Digital Studio

Happy Sunday my crafty peeps, hope everyone had a wonderful valentines day.  Today I wanted to talk about the MDS 2, I recently took the 30 day free trial and have now purchased it.  I am still a newbie and learning all the fantastic things you can do with it.

The MDS 2 has never been easier! Stampin' Up! offers a 30-day MDS 2 Trial version that you, and your friends can take advantage of. The best part-- this is an ongoing offer!
With the FREE trial, you'll get:
  • Full access to the software at NO COST.
  • Full design functionality.
  • Exclusive artwork.
  • Opportunity to purchase additional downloads from designer templates to stamp brush sets--and everything in between.
  • Access to our professional print services.
I know people who have used say Walmart or other photo places to create books but really you don't get the quality of Stampin' Up!, their colour schemes, stamps etc whether you want to do digital scrapbooking, cards, newsletters..

You can access MyDigitalStudio.net, a site dedicated to all things My Digital Studio, including training with tons of instructional videos, a forum to ask questions of other My Digital Studio users, a gallery with samples, and much more!  You will be able to find all the help they need on MyDigitalStudio.net.

You can also purchase online classes for the digital studio such as the My Digital Class Love This Kit - Digital Download Item #135914 for $16.50 which includes:

* Video tutorial showcasing one digital project and intermediate MDS techniques
*38-piece SVG stamp brush set (includes 5 12" x 12" overlays) 
* 7 Designer Series Papers
* 11 embellishments
* Intermediate class
* Video tutorial shows how to crop stamps, how to group them together to make design elements, and how to use an overlay to create your own Designer Series Paper
* Video tutorial showcases the layers feature of the software
* Follow along with the tutorial and make your own page
* Digital-exclusive

Basic Gray, Crisp Cantaloupe, Gumball Green, Pool Party, Summer Starfruit, Tangerine Tango  

Thanks for stopping by.....
Hugs, Karen

Feb 14, 2015

Happy Saturday

Happy Valentine's Day my crafty peeps!

I hope everyone is having a awesome day, I am up early running on a few hours sleep but I wanted to do a few things today.  I am making homemade tomato vegetable soup in slow cooker, and might make some blueberry bran muffins too.

Here is a card I made last year for Valentine's Day but I love the way it turned out.

Valentine's Day Is primarily for lovers. But, you can also celebrate Valentine's Day with your friends. Strengthen the bond of friendship with a simple act of love. Let your friend know how much you enjoy her companionship with a Valentine's Day card.
Hugs, Karen

Feb 11, 2015

Lovely Amazing You

Did you know that Stampin' Up! releases a new set every 2nd Tuesday of each month....

Wow so far I have wanted the last one and now this one!!

Check it out  "Lovely Amazing You"

Lovely Amazing You  #140594  $17.95

Order yours today
Hugs, Karen

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Feb 10, 2015

Oh how I love Facebook!

ONLINE PARTIES! They are taking OFF! as well as having a few orders in my online store (some news about this also...) I've hosted a few Stampin Up! parties on facebook. In each party I've managed to get the Hostess $100 FREE Stampin Up! goodies. Not only that, but the guests to the parties received free goodies too! this is a picture of some gift bundles I am posting out to people who bought at these parties


Speaking of getting Stampin' Up! products..... 
To my recent (and future) Stampin Up! customers-
To everyone who has bought at my store  these last 2 months....
you are in the running to win this  AWESOME Stamp set!!
You Brighten My Day Clear Stamp Set

How awesome is THAT- and the response has been so awesome, I am going to have a draw 
 ALL PURCHASES MUST BE ATTACHED TO A HOSTESS CODE- so if you are unsure of what code you should attach your purchase to- please email me!!
I DON'T want you to miss out being in the draw!!

Feb 9, 2015

Mojo Monday

Good Morning my crafty peeps!

I just loved this weeks Mojo Monday sketch #mojo384 its a definite challenge!

This is my first time entering into Mojo Monday- there are so many talented card makers in their challenges - it's always a fun learning experience when you start to follow a blog or join a group of like minded people.

Lotus Blossom

Hope you like it, it has been a day of firsts, as this is also the first time I have used the Lotus Blossom stamp set.

Hugs, Karen

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Feb 7, 2015

February Hostess Winner

Hi my crafty peeps!
Hope everyone is enjoying their Saturday. Are any of you making cards this weekend?

I wanted to share that Linda won both the stamp giveaway and the hostess rewards this month.  But Cindy did win a giveaway as well. Cindy won the stardust pens, and Linda the buttons with coordinating lace.

I have been busy decluttering the house and selling things in our local Buy & Sell, so not much in the means of cardmaking has been done.  But I do have a few special occasions coming up in the next few weeks that I must get cracking on making cards and other fun stuff for.

Hugs, Karen

Feb 6, 2015

Winter Wonderland

It looked like a winter wonderland in Calgary this afternoon, trees with the snow and frost on them is such a beautiful sight.  I had running around to do today so was thankful that Deerfoot was bare and dry.

When I got home, I spent a nice couple of hours hanging out watching movies with the hubby.  I did manage to sneak in 2 Valentine's Day cards before bed.

These were made with the small heart from You Brighten my Day stamp set in the Sale-a-Bration brochure.

Hope you like them!
Hugs, Karen

Feb 4, 2015

Loads of Love

Hi my Crafty Peeps!  

Today I am making a Valentines Day card for my nephew Lucas using the "Loads of Love" stamp set.

Details: (recipe)

  • Create a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base out of Natural White cardstock, then cut a piece of dark blue shimmer paper that I had laying around with the largest of the Spellbinders Nestabilities A2 Distressed Edges  card creator set.  I also cut out of watercolour paper the next size down of the above die set.
  • Then I stamped the trees from the "White Christmas" stamp set using Black Stazon ink for my background.  I coloured the trees with Baked Brown Sugar ink and then I water coloured the background using the aqua painter and Soft Sky ink.

  • Stamp the images onto a scrap piece of watercolour paper and colour using Night of Navy, Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe, Hello Honey, Black, Real Red, Basic Gray, and Basic Black Stampin' Write Markers or Classic Stampin' Pads
  • I applied some Crystal Effect to the light, hubcaps and windows for a glass effect and also to the hearts. Dazzling Details was used on background to look like snow.

  • Added a tag with the sentiment and wound some Red Bakers Twine around the whole thing before attaching to the card base.

Hope you like it.

Hugs, Karen

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Feb 3, 2015

Weekly Deals and February Mystery Hostess

YAY! It's that time again.  I love the first Tuesday of the month!!!! This week its GREAT NEWS if you have little ones! lots of FABULOUS specials on punches and the Hamburger Box die! If you DON'T have one this week is a awesome time to buy!!  Click any of the products to make a purchase- it will take you directly to my store!

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February's Mystery Hostess Party 

starts Tuesday February 3rd and ends at Midnight  February 6th. On Saturday morning February 7th, I’ll put all names in a random drawing and one lucky Stamper will get to choose the FREE MERCHANDISE using the Hostess Dollars accumulated.  

Here’s how to join the fun!!!
  • If you do not live locally, you can still participate! Simply place an online order, no later than Midnight on Friday, February 6th, at and use the Hostess Code RYPURB6A.  Your order will ship directly to you.  If your name is pulled for hostess benefits, your free goodies will be shipped separately.
  • If you live locally, you can order online or you can contact me directly with your order and I will place it (possibly saving you some  shipping costs.)
  • Your name will be entered into the drawing once for each $50 worth of merchandise (before tax and shipping) you purchase.  Don’t forget, you can still get Sale-A-Bration freebies for each $60 in merchandise you purchase!
  • I will draw one or more names for hostess benefits at 10 A.M. Saturday morning and email you to pick your hostess benefits.
  • If you place an order of $100, I will have a special little gift for you!
  • You never know, I may just choose to pull a name or two for a Giveaway too!
I look forward to hearing from you in the next few days!  
I do want to mention, if you are planning to place an order of $200.00 or more, go ahead and give that to me or place it online without the hostess code.  You earn your own hostess benefits with that order and you don’t want them to be given away to someone else!
Will you be my Mystery Hostess?!
Have a great week, and I hope you manage to squeeze in some creative therapy!!
Hugs, Karen

Come Rain or Shine by Sarah Bennett

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