Dec 25, 2016

Happy Holidays

Happy holidays!

I wish you the happiest of holidays! May your days be filled with the celebration of family and friends, sparkles of holiday laughter, and a new year full of cheer



Hugs,

Dec 13, 2016

Lip Balm Holder

Hello my crafty peeps!

I recently discovered these clever lip balm holders created by Renee O.over on Splitcoast Stampers.  I first saw on Pinterest in Yvette Ashe's blog post from 2007.  Please take a moment to visit both their gallery and blog by clicking on their names here in this post.  They both have a bunch of fabulous 3-D projects, as well as card ideas! 


For my Christmas holders I followed Yvette’s dimensions. I liked her dimensions as you can cut five base pieces out of one 8-½” x 11” sheet of cardstock.
Dimensions:                                                                        
  • 1 – 5-¾” x 2-¾” base piece of Real Red cardstock scored at 2-½” and 3-¼” 
  • 1 – 5-¾” x 2-¾” base piece of Whisper White cardstock scored at 2-½” and 3-¼” 
  • 1 – 2” x 2” piece of Whisper White cardstock 
  • 1 – 2-1/8” x 2-1/8” piece of Basic Black cardstock 
  • 13” piece of red or white Ribbon 
  • ChapStick Tube 
Directions:

  1. Find the center of the Whisper White scored cardstock running lengthwise (top to bottom). The center of this piece is 1-3/8”. With a pencil, draw a 1-¼” line starting from the top score line (it will go past the bottom score line by one half inch.) 
  2. Once you have your center line marked, move your ruler over ¼” to the left of the center line. Draw a 1-¼” line starting from the top score line. 
  3. Now move your ruler over ¼” to the right of the center line. Draw a 1-¼” line starting from the top score line. 
  4. Erase the middle line and use your paper trimmer to cut the two slits by following the two remaining lines. 
  5. Decorate the outside of the scored Real Red base, with the Endless Wishes snowflake stamp or any snowflake stamp you may have on hand. 
  6. On the 2”x 2” piece of Whisper White cardstock. Stamp the outline of the Snowman in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Colour nose and scarf with markers. 
  7. Stamp the words "Merry Christmas" in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. 
  8. Attach the Real Red base to the Whisper White base by using a strong adhesive (Tear Tape works great). 
  9. Insert the ChapStick in the strap. Close the holder by wrapping the Black or White Ribbon around the outside of the holder and tie in a bow. 
  10. Attach the Basic Black piece to the Real Red panel over top of the ribbon to hold in place. 
  11. Add any bling you want to give it some sparkle, I used some Wink of Stella clear on the snowflakes. 



If I can give you just a little inspiration, where you can look at one of my cards and think I can do that, or I could tweak that and put my own spin on it, then I am achieving what I have set out to do! 

P.S. Please share. with your friends and leave me a comment below. I read them ALL!

Hugs,

Dec 2, 2016

Happy Friday!

Hello my crafty peeps and happy Friday!

Sorry I haven't posted new projects in awhile as you are aware I am taking a sabbatical from classes but also enjoying some sand and sun in Mexico!

I have been missing looking on Facebook and Pinterest this last week... Lol as well as doing some card projects and sorting out the left over inventory from the craft fair.  I must say though it has been great spending quality time with my hubby and catching up on my reading, I am already into my 4th mystery.



P.S. Please share. with your friends and leave me a comment below. I read them ALL!

Hugs,

Dec 1, 2016

Year-End Closeout! Up to 60% off

Hello my crafty friends from sunny Mexico!

Stampin’ Up! has been doing a little year-end cleaning, and we’ve got some great deals to offer you! Our Year-End Closeouts will include holiday retiring products, clearance rack items, and current high-inventory catalog products. 

• Promotion period: December 1, 2016 – January 3, 2017 
• All products (and discounts, if any) can be found in the Year-End Closeouts category of the online store.
• Year-end closeout items may be added to all order types: demonstrator, workshop, customer, and online. 
• Clearance Rack items are only available while supplies last. 
Following the Year-End Closeouts promotion, some products may remain on the Clearance Rack; other items may be removed from the Clearance Rack to be added at another undetermined time. 
• High-inventory items will only be discounted through January 3; beginning 
January 4, they will still be available, but at regular price. 
Retiring item availability will follow standard retiring item rules:
        • Retiring stamp sets are guaranteed available until December 21, 
          after which they will be only available while supplies last. 
        • Retiring accessories will only be available while supplies last. 
         Retiring items will only be available while supplies last. All retiring items 
          will be discontinued after January 3. 
         We will provide a list of retiring items in a sort-able Excel file and a PDF. 
          The files will be updated Monday through Friday at 4:00 PM (MT). 
          Other Year-End Closeouts products and applicable discounts can 
          be found in the online store.
• 

To see the list of holiday carryover items, click here.
• No minimum purchase is required to participate in Year-End Closeouts.
• Year-End Closeouts are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
• New demonstrators may add Year-End Closeouts items to their Starter Kit.
• Items and discounts may vary by market depending on inventory levels.

At this time I would also like to send my thoughts and prayers to those in the southeast region of the United States who are impacted by the wildfires and tornadoes.

P.S. Please share. with your friends and leave me a comment below. I read them ALL! 

Hugs,




Nov 24, 2016

Santa Fry Box

Hello my crafty peeps!

Today I am sharing another project we did last winter, that we have also made for the Bearspaw Christmas Market on November 26th, 2016.

I made very similar to the other treat boxes I made. 
  1. Real Red CS cut in half at 5.5", I also die-cut  the belt with Basic Black CS using the Fry Box Die.  
  2. Position a 1/2" strip of Basic Black over the center of the box front, and run it through the Big Shot.  To make the Belt Details, adhere the die-cut belt with Fast Fuse or Sticky Strip.  Punch a Petite Curly Label shape or square from Silver Glimmer Paper, then pop up with Dimensionals.  Add a 1/2" square of Basic Black over the center of the buckle with Glue Dots.
  3. To make the Santa we die cut his hair/hat fur with the Wonderful Wreath die on Whisper White CS and the Mustache die. Then we used the large oval punch to cut out his face out of Blushing Bride CS.  Using the Owl punch we also cut out 2 circles for the nose and mouth out of Blushing Bride and a small circle out of Real Red.  If you chose not to use google eyes, you would make the eyes with the Owl punch as well.
  4. Using the 2" circle punch cut out a piece of Real Red CS for the hat which is glued to the back of the Whisper White CS wreath cut out.
  5. Now assemble your face, we started by attaching the mustache with pop up with Dimensionals. Then the nose, mouth and finally the eyes.   We inked the nose, and face to give it some dimension, I also used the Stampin Write marker for some eyebrows.
Find all the supplies to create these projects & more at my Online Store! 


I hope you like my project, I really enjoyed making it!  Love to see any of your versions...





If I can give you just a little inspiration, where you can look at one of my cards and think I can do that, or I could tweak that and put my own spin on it, then I am achieving what I have set out to do! 

P.S. Please share. with your friends and leave me a comment below. I read them ALL!

Hugs,

Nov 22, 2016

Christmas Dog Treats

Hello my crafty peeps!!!

I wanted to share these cute little Christmas dog treats. The original idea I saw on Pinterest and on Janet Holmes blog .
Original Photo courtesy of Janet Holmes/Pinterest
These would be perfect for those little furbabies in our lives, stocking stuffers, and even neighbor gifts. These are quick and easy to make!  We will have lots available at the Bearspaw Christmas Market on November 26th, 2016.


I have so many furbabies that happen to be canine not feline that it will work out perfect but I also have some that are of the kitty nature including my own, so I plan on making 2 versions....

I used the Top Note die as the topper and stamped dog with the Bella and Friends stamp set.  I also used a past Paper Pumpkin Kit for the large bones and a stamp from one of my Newton Nooks sets.



Being the crazy cat lady, I have lots of paw stamps, and dog stamps and dies so made a selection of these with different pictures of dogs.

The nice thing is you can purchase organic dog and cat treats or bake your own.

Items Used:
Stamps: Bella and Friends, All about sugar 
Paper: Whisper White cs, Cherry Cobbler cs, Old Olive cs, 
Accessories: Top Note Die, Scallop punch, circle punch, Cherry Cobbler Ink, Tuxedo Black Memento, Crystal Effects, Wink of Stella

Hope you like and feel inspired to try your own version.  Love to see any of your versions...

Hugs, Karen

Nov 21, 2016

Cookie Cutter Christmas & NEW Stitched Shapes Framelits

Hello my crafty peeps,

I know I said I was taking a break from blogging but.... I needed a break from the pressure of making fair items today.  I thought I would make some cards since I am very behind in making and sending.

Today's project I decided to use 3 items from the holiday catalog; Coolie Cutter Christmas, Candy Cane Lane and lastly the NEW Stitched Shapes Framelits from Stampin Up!

I have seen some great cards on Pinterest and take my inspiration from those.  But what I love about the Candy Cane Lane DSP is the colour combination of Real red, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake and lastly Whisper White they are timeless Christmas colours and I just wish we could get beyond January 1st.


Measurements:
  • Crumb Cake card base: 5 1/2 "x 8 1/2", score at 4 1/4 " 
  • Early Espresso strip: 5 1/2" x 2 1/4 " 
  • Candy Cane Lane DSP strip: 5-1/2" x 2 " 
  • Whisper White stitched oval  
  • Real Red stitched oval
  • Soft Suede scrap

Directions:
  1. Stamp the Reindeer with Early Espresso or Emboss Powder and punch out with Cookie Cutter Builder Punch. Colour in the nose with Real Red, Stampin Dazzling Diamonds or cover with piece of Red Glitter paper.  We added google eyes for a quirky/cutesty look
  2. Pop the Reindeer on the ovals with Stampin 'Dimensionals. The first layer is a Whisper White oval, the second layer is a Real Red oval cut out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. (I have always been a fan of the stitched look, so am loving that Stampin' Up! came out with these.)
  3. Lastly stamp your sentiment or go one step further and emboss your sentiment.
Hope you like it!  Happy stamping ...


If I can give you just a little inspiration, where you can look at one of my cards and think I can do that, or I could tweak that and put my own spin on it, then I am achieving what I have set out to do! 

P.S. Please share. with your friends and leave me a comment below. I read them ALL!

Hugs,

Nov 20, 2016

Box with Punched Ribbon Slider Lid

Hello my crafty peeps!

Hope you are all having a wonderful Sunday, its a little chilly here in Calgary brrrrr winter is coming!

I'm recycling a post from last year, as I hope to make a few of these for the craft fair on Saturday at the Rockpointe Church in Bearspaw.


I was inspired by this video of Linda Parker's.



Instructions
  1. For the top you need a peice of cardstock 11" by 6 3/4" and scor the long side at the following: 1 5/8", 5 1/4", 6 7/8", 10 1/2" and then the short side at 1 5/8", and 4 1/4"
  2. For  the base you need a peice of cardstock 10 1/2" by 8 1/4" and scor the long side at the following: 1 1/2", 5", 6 1/2", 10" and then the short side at 1 1/2" and 5"
  3. Fold all scor lines
  4. Cut small rectangle from the lids and on the long section wedge the peices.  Place sticky tape on the flaps about half way down and then stick. 
  5. On the wide section measure the halfway point and punch withthe ribbon slide.
  6. Form the box base similar to how you assembled the top.
  7. Punch snowflake or flower depending on what type of box you are making.  adhere to side of box with dimensional.
Find all the supplies to create these projects & more at my Online Store! 
I hope you like my project, I really enjoyed making it!  Love to see any of your versions...

Hugs, Karen



If I can give you just a little inspiration, where you can look at one of my cards and think I can do that, or I could tweak that and put my own spin on it, then I am achieving what I have set out to do! 

P.S. Please share. with your friends and leave me a comment below. I read them ALL!

Hugs,

Nov 16, 2016

Tin of Tags Project Kit: The Perfect Gift

Hello my crafty Peeps!

I woke up at 5am asleep on the couch in my craft room, I was prepping late into the night for my first ever Craft Fair in Bearspaw on the 26th.  I have been making quick easy things for christmas ideas to fill my table and this is one of the things I loved.

If you need some quick, fabulous gift ideas for your friends and family this Christmas, this project kit is the answer. It makes a fun gift as is, or give it with the tags completed! The 30 tags (3 each of 10 designs) take an hour or less to complete and come in an adorable storage tin. 

Kit includes
* Printed tags
* Die-cut shapes
* Silver and white baker’s twine, 7 yards (6.4 m) 
* 6 red tassels
* 3 each wood snowflakes and bows
* Circle sequins
* Star sequins
* Washi tape, 5 yards (4.6 m)
* 3 silver doilies
* Printed tin box with lid

Coordinating colors: Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, silver, Soft Sky, white




Online Extravaganza: November 21-28
Starting Monday, Stampin' Up! have select products 10-40% off for one week only! 


I currently do not have my online website up but you can call or email me to order.

In the News!

  • As most of you are aware a 7.8 Quake struck 90 km north of Christchurch, New Zealand on the 13th, which also caused a Tsunami warning.  My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the New Zealand earthquakes. I believe that all my cousins and Stampin' Up! demonstrators are safe at this time. 
  • Stitched Framelits Going on Backorder! Because of the extreme demand, the Stitched Shapes Framelits (item 145372) will go into backorder very soon, and will be placed on non-orderable status on November 21, 2016, at 10:00 AM (MT).
  • Sale-A-Bration and Occasions Are Coming! If you have ordered from me in the past year, I have set up for the catalogs to be mailed directly to you end of December.
Thank you for stopping by! 

P.S. Please share. with your friends and leave me a comment below. I read them ALL! 

Hugs,

Nov 13, 2016

Sabbatical from Classes

Hello my crafty friends,

Life serves up a series of choices, and our decisions affect our quality of life — spiritually, mentally, relationship-ally, emotionally and financially.  With this in mind I have decided to take a break from classes as well as tea and crafting.  

Each choice leads to another, and another… it's a process of building a life, in which I am happy, less stressed and lastly healthier.  

I will continue with my blogging and post photos of my creations, fur-baby family and back garden on Instagram as I feel up to it but for the next 3 - 6 months I will be trying to disconnect.




P.S. Please share. with your friends and leave me a comment below. I read them ALL!

Hugs,

Nov 7, 2016

In the Bag

Hello my crafty friends!

Everybody needs a quick option for wrapping Christmas goodies and gifts this time of year. I stocked up on the Gusseted Cellophane Bags (item 142001).  Just pop a treat or gift into the bag and simply add a ribbon and tag to dress it up. These food-safe 6" x 17" bags come in packs of 25. 

Check out the video below to see some fun ways to use the bags and share it with your friends and family!



If I can give you just a little inspiration, where you can look at one of my cards and think I can do that, or I could tweak that and put my own spin on it, then I am achieving what I have set out to do!

P.S. Please share. with your friends and leave me a comment below. I read them ALL!

Hugs,

Nov 2, 2016

Magnetic Grocery List Notepad

Hello my crafty peeps!

My project today is the "Grocery List Notepad".   I love making these, super fun and super easy.  If you’re anything like me you LOVE making lists!!  I think I will do one of these as a Make-n-Take in the New Year.

I purchased the notepads from Staples and had them cut in half for me.  I also used a Sentiment from the Newton's Nook "Cozy Day In" stamp set.

Supplies:
·         Trimmer with Scoring blade
·         Tear Tape
·         Magnetic Tape with adhesive (Wal-mart)
·         Stampin’ Dimensionals
·         Scallop Punch
·         Cozy Day In” Stamp Set (I also used a sentiment from a past Paper Pumpkin)
·         Soft Suede Ink and Card-stock
·         Whisper White and Pool Party card-stock
·         Matching DSP
·         Notepad

I am making a tutorial and I'll be filming (my first) video tutorial in a few week. 
Supplies

Dimensions



If I can give you just a little inspiration, where you can look at one of my cards and think I can do that, or I could tweak that and put my own spin on it, then I am achieving what I have set out to do!

P.S. Please share with your friends and leave me a comment below. I read them ALL!


Hugs,

Oct 31, 2016

#SKMonthInTheLife Instagram Challenge

Hello my crafty peeps,

Happy Halloween!

#SKMonthInTheLife kicks off on Tuesday the 1st of November… that’s tomorrow!

To participate:

1. Share the image below on your Instagram feed if you haven’t already. (And why not share it on FB to your Page… and on Pinterest or Twitter, too? Get your friends playing!).
2. Follow @kstallman on Instagram. I’ll be posting each day’s prompt to the feed to remind you to take your photo!
3. Post your response to each day’s prompt on your IG feed (and I have created a #SKMonthInTheLife Pin board, too).
4. Make SURE to tag every challenge image @kstallman AND #SKMonthInTheLife – I’ll be choosing my 4 favourites and re-posting them to the Stamp with Karen Instagram feed each day.
The aim of this challenge is to get you sharing the story of your craft business in a fun way! Not only that, if you do every challenge, you’ll have a fabulous bank of photos to use and share on your other social media and website/blog.
Hugs,

Oct 28, 2016

Stitched Shapes Framelits & Stamp Sale!

Hello my crafty peeps!!

I have some awesome news Stampin' Up! just announced a new Product!  

"Stitched From The Heart" Framelits. 


(See Brandi's Video below!)

I don't know about you; but I've wanted stitched shapes for a very long time.
Ordering starts November 1st and you know these are going to fly off the shelf!
That's not all....here are select stamp sets at 25% off while supplies last.


Want to be first in line? 
Contact me and I will get the order in super early on November 1st!


Email me:  kstallman@telus.net


Remember to contact me by midnight October 31st so I  can order!
Or if you want you can visit my website and get one there...just don't wait too long. 



Thanks for stopping by

Hugs,

Oct 26, 2016

#MonthInTheLife – A Photo-a-Day Instagram Challenge

Hello my crafty peeps!

I followed along with this Challenge back in August 2014 done by Create & Thrive, and loved it.  So I thought why not do one for all us cardmakers/papercrafters for the month of November. This challenge is for all my crafty peeps; card-makers, artists, and creatives of any type.

I know how much I love seeing behind the scenes of other crafters or as they say creatives’, and I know I’m not alone in that.  Look at how much time we spend on Pinterest 
I want to see a month-in-the-life of your work. I want to see your space, your materials, your daily life, your passions. I want to see what motivates you, what your materials look like, and what you DO every day!

Who wants to play along with me? 

Instagram #photoaday  #SKMonthinthelife challenge

Jess at Create & Thrive mentioned in her post that if you have an iPhone, you should give Chantelle’s of Fat Mum Slim app – Little Moments – a go for this challenge. (Chantelle was the original inspiration for this challenge)

I have used Jess' reference image from 2014 that lists the challenges for each day. Please feel free to take and share this image on your own Instagram, blogs, and any other social media.
I’ll be posting each day’s prompt on the Stamp with Karen IG account throughout November with a little blurb that explains a little bit about what it is. Most of them are self-explanatory though!




I can't wait to take a peek inside your daily life and see all your craftiness!

Make sure your following us on the Stamp with Karen Instagram account.

If I can give you just a little inspiration, where you can look at one of my cards and think I can do that, or I could tweak that and put my own spin on it, then I am achieving what I have set out to do!

P.S. Please share. with your friends and leave me a comment below. I read them ALL!

Hugs,

Oct 20, 2016

Decisions, decisions what will I do?

Hello my crafty friends,

I am still struggling to decide if I will run my Stampin Up as a business or just go back to crafting when the urge hits, and trying ALL the different types of creative outlets I have been longing to.  I will still blog about all these things and probably more than I do now.  I am finding that my brain does not work the way it use too "sigh" and I am suffering social anxiety on top of everything else so having classes or even crafting with friends is very hard.

Whatever I decide; I hope you will still pop by to check out whats new. For now each day I will showcase something we have made for our first Craft Fair - Bearspaw Christmas Market November 26th at RockPointe Church. #bearspawchristmasmarket

These are little sewing kits we have made, these make great little stocking stuffers.  What woman wouldn't want one for her purse, desk or vehicle.



If I can give you just a little inspiration, where you can look at one of my cards and think I can do that, or I could tweak that and put my own spin on it, then I am achieving what I have set out to do! 

P.S. Please share. with your friends and leave me a comment below. I read them ALL!

Hugs,

Oct 4, 2016

Home Sweet Home

Hello my crafty peeps!

Hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday!
Have you seen the Home Sweet stamp set and framelits!!!!


Make tiny houses using the Home Sweet Home Stamp Set. Stamp on cards or memory-keeping pages. Or combine it with the Sweet Home Framelits Dies to create 3D packaging or home d├ęcor! 


P.S. Please share. with your friends and leave me a comment below. I read them ALL!

Hugs,

Oct 3, 2016

Forever Evergreen Project Kit

Hello my crafty peeps!

Hope you had a great weekend!   I am off to Vernon this week to spend Thanksgiving with my family.  But I did want to share this video from Stampin' Up! that I happened across, not sure why it took me so long to watch and WANT.


I love Carrie, she always makes the best videos and is one of my very favorite people at Stampin' Up!  (Well really I have a lot of favorites at Stampin' Up!)

Decorate your mantelpiece with festive trees and seasonal decorations. This kit makes three trees in two sizes—one 13" (33 cm) tall, two 11" (27.9 cm) tall—each individually trimmed with handmade ornaments. See for yourself how kits make for easy creativity!

If I can give you just a little inspiration, where you can look at one of my cards and think I can do that, or I could tweak that and put my own spin on it, then I am achieving what I have set out to do! 

P.S. Please share. with your friends and leave me a comment below. I read them ALL!

Hugs,

Sep 30, 2016

Hello December 2016

Hello my crafty Peeps!

Happy Friday!  Hope you have had a fabulous week, I have been laying low just working on craft fair items as well as watching lots of You-tube videos.

For all those Project Lifers or even card makers have you seen the Hello December 2016 Project Kit?



So cute!!  I need to start using all my Project Life kits, etc.  Are you interested in learning about Project Life or attending a class...

If this is something that you are wanting to try or just get together with others and organize all your family photos email me here



If I can give you just a little inspiration, where you can look at one of my cards and think I can do that, or I could tweak that and put my own spin on it, then I am achieving what I have set out to do! 

P.S. Please share. with your friends and leave me a comment below. I read them ALL!

Hugs,

Sep 28, 2016

Bombs Away!

 Hello my crafty peeps!

I must admit I did just order this stamp set from the Clearance Rack as it does have some cute birthday sentiments.   

Bombs Away Birthday Photopolymer Stamp Set is available while supplies last for $8.48!




Use this exclusive photopolymer birthday set for catchy and unique greetings that will make your special someone smile.


View ALL of the CLEARANCE RACK items HERE.

If I can give you just a little inspiration, where you can look at one of my cards and think I can do that, or I could tweak that and put my own spin on it, then I am achieving what I have set out to do! 

P.S. Please share. with your friends and leave me a comment below. I read them ALL!

Hugs,

Sep 27, 2016

Bite Me!

Hello my crafty peeps!

As you can see I am featuring awesome items from the Clearance Rack this week.  I love this "Bite Me" stamp set and I must admit when I was younger it was one of my favorite sayings...

How adorable are these little Halloween treats or Party favors!


Go ahead and say, “Bite me!” all you want—this photopolymer stamp set gives you permission. With creepy splotches, spiders, and webs, this set will help you go all out on Halloween projects or party favors. 
You can purchase this set in my online store HERE for $8.48!
It is available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!
View ALL of the CLEARANCE RACK items HERE.
If I can give you just a little inspiration, where you can look at one of my cards and think I can do that, or I could tweak that and put my own spin on it, then I am achieving what I have set out to do! 

P.S. Please share. with your friends and leave me a comment below. I read them ALL!

Hugs,

Love Letters on Hazel Lane by Jennifer Page

Hello my cozy friends, Today I am reviewing “Love Letters on Hazel Lane” by Jennifer Page.  This is the second book I’ve read by this author...