Jan 30, 2016

Watercolour Wings!

Hello my crafty peeps!
I bought this bundle several months ago and am finally making something with it! (way behind the rest of the SU world) How about you? Do you love them or not? 
This stamp set is chalk full of two and three step stamps that are so easy to line up as the stamp set is photopolymer. Best bit is it comes with a coordinating set of Bold Butterfly framelits!  And, did you know these coordinate with the Butterfly Basics stamp set and dies bundle also? So if you have that one you NEED this one too!

Here is a simple card I made using the bundle.


Close up of the butterfly, not sure if you can see I used a bit of Wink of Stella

Inside of the card
So glad I had the new Big Shot Die Brush tool, to get the little bits out of framelits. Worked like a dream!

Hope you like it!!


Hugs, 

Jan 27, 2016

Clean and Simple - Sky is the Limit

Hello my crafty peeps!

Today I am featuring a card made by Brenda one of my regular ladies at "Tea and Crafting", we were casing a card by "Becca's Creations" using the "Sky is the Limit" stamp set which is available in the Sale-a-bration brochure for a limited time - February 15th.  

We chose to use a Bermuda Bay CS base and then Whisper White CS.  Now in the process of stamping the clouds, there was ink on the edge of the stamp which caused a ink to be where it shouldn't.  We have all been there done that but it can be frustrating.


"Mistakes are normal. ... Mistakes Happen, but What we do with them can be extraordinary"

I think what we came up with made the card look awesome!


We chose to use the tree builder punch and pop the cloud over the mistake.


Stamp Set – Sky is the Limit, Sprinkles of Life
Ink – Memento tuxedo Black, Bermuda Bay
Cardstock – Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Accessories – Tree Builder Punch, Cherry on Top Washi Tape,  Stampin’ Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive


Hope he and you like it!



Purchase your stamp set on-line; don’t forget to check out the Weekly Deals and Clearance Rack before you finalize your order.
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Hugs, 






Jan 26, 2016

Weekly Deals and January Mystery Hostess

Hello my crafty peeps!

Hope you are enjoying your week so far, its been fairly unproductive for me as I have been battling a bad flu bug since Thursday. I have a massage booked for later today which makes any day GREAT.  
But today we are here to talk about the DEALSand boy are there some dam good ones this week.

Now the weekly deals is a great way to start accumulating a stash of lovely goodies and so is SALE-A-BRATION!!  With every $60 you spend you can pick out a awesome product from the brochure.... I have a link on the right hand side of blog if you havent seen it yet.  


On top of this if you order from me and use the HOSTESS CODE: 99V7G6RB  you will be automatically entered into the draw for the rewards and for the "Sky is the Limit" stamp set.... Whoot Whoot the draw will be this Saturday so get your order in quick.

If you have any questions or concerns; please do not hesitate to contact me via email or directly on Facebook.

Hugs, Karen


Jan 25, 2016

Ice Cream anyone?

Hello my crafty peeps!
Todays card is one inspired by my little friend Maddex, he saw a Pinterest post of one similar and asked that we make him one. So of course I said YES!
Flavor… Do you have a favorite even when the temperatures outside are too cold for ice cream??

I’d have to say YES.  Even when it’s cold outside I can go for a big bowl of strawberry ice cream.  What about YOU?

I love this set/bundle - punch can be used for so so much.  For todays card we used the following:
Stamp Set – Sprinkles of Life, Itty Bitty Banners
Ink – Chocolate Chip, Blushing Bride, Tip Top Taupe
Cardstock – Tip Top Taupe, Marina Mist, Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Chocolate Chip
Accessories – Dots Embossing Folder, Tree Builder Punch, Wink of Stella,  Stampin’ Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Paper Snips, Big Shot


Hope he and you like it!





Did you know that you can support Ronald McDonald House Charities while you stamp?  A portion of the sale of every “Sprinkles of Life” stamp set is donated by Stampin’ Up! to support this worthwhile cause.
Purchase your stamp set on-line; don’t forget to check out the Weekly Deals and Clearance Rack before you finalize your order.
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Hugs, Karen

Jan 24, 2016

Stampin' Write Many Marvelous Markers

Hello my crafty peeps!

Today I am going to talk about the Stampin' Write Many Marvelous Markers Pens Kit - All 38 colors in our color collections (except Whisper White and Very Vanilla) in one sturdy case. Plus there's extra space for In Color markers. 


I wish I had bought this in the beginning rather than in colours and separates, but was lucky that another demo sold me her case, but I still need to get the Neutrals just hate having duplicates...  so I suggest if you are eanting markers then save up and buy this first.. .

Ideal choice for the rubber stamper. High quality dual tips provide versatility for any project. 


  • Flexibile brush tips
  • Water based dye ink
  • Coordinate with Classic Stampin' Pads and exclusive Stampin' Up! cardstock

Use for greeting cards, scrapbooks, creative lettering, crafts
Scrapbooking Supplies


Purchase your stamp set on-line; don’t forget to check out the Weekly Deals and Clearance Rack before you finalize your order.
Thanks for stopping by.  Please sign up to receive an email notice when I publish a new blog post so you don’t miss anything!

Hugs, Karen

Jan 23, 2016

Hey Girl!

Hello my crafty peeps!

Todays card is one my friend Marie made, we decided to take a much earned mini break from Christmas Cards and try out the "Hey Girl" stamp set from Stampin' Up! .

We used a mixture of Promarkers and copic markers to colour the cards.  These are bigger than the cards we normally make at 5"x7" rather than the 4"x6" standard size.  I think for a first time using the markers, she did a fabulous job.





Hope you like them!  Would love to hear your comments or see your versions...

Purchase your stamp set on-line; don’t forget to check out the Weekly Deals and Clearance Rack before you finalize your order.
Thanks for stopping by.  Please sign up to receive an email notice when I publish a new blog post so you don’t miss anything!
Hugs, Karen

Jan 19, 2016

Weekly Deals and January Mystery Hostess

Hello my crafty peeps!

Hope you are enjoying your week so far, I know I am!  
Its been fairly productive so far, started walking 3 days a week and a schedule for the blog has been written down and hopefully a routine will set in.  But today we are here to talk about the DEALS!

Now the weekly deals is a great way to start accumulating a stash of lovely goodies and so is SALE-A-BRATION!!  With every $60 you spend you can pick out a awesome product from the brochure.... I have a link on the right hand side of blog if you havent seen it yet.   On top of this if you order from me and use the HOSTESS CODE: 99V7G6RB  you will be automatically entered into the draw for the rewards and for the "Sky is the Limit" stamp set.... Whoot Whoot

If you have any questions or concerns; please do not hesitate to contact me via email or directly on Facebook.

Hugs, Karen



Jan 18, 2016

Sky is the Limit - Tri-shutter

Hello Peeps!

Today I am experimenting with a Tri-Shutter card and using the "Sky is the Limit" stamp set (free with $60 order).  Decided to use a Fathers Day sentiment from "Guys Greetings" stamp set.  Hope you like them.  




We decided to add some cany dots in the left corner after these photos were taken and it gave it that extra pop.

Recipe:

  • Start with a 12" x 5 1/2" peice of cardstock
  • Scor and fold at 2", 4", 8" and 10"
  • Cut at 1 1/4" down from top and bottom from the 4" to the 10" scor lines
  • Coordinating cardstock and DSP is cut 1/8" smaller. 
    • 5 3/4" x 1 3/4" and 5 1/8" x 1 5/8"
    • 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" and 2 7/8" x 1 7/8" 
    • 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" and 2 7/8" x 3 7/8"
    • 1" x 3 3/4" and 7/8" x 3 7/8"
  • Sentiment 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" and 2 1/8" x 3 1/8"
  • Fold the card mountain, valley, mountain lastly valley
  • Embellish as desired.
Hope you like!  Would love to see your'e versions a tri-shutter card...

Hugs, Karen




Jan 16, 2016

Have a Cuppa!

Good morning my crafty peeps!

I attempted to make a card the other day with the "A Nice Cuppa" stamp set and "Cups and Kettles" framelits dies, I have to say I was feeling a bit disappointed....  I like the colours in the "Have a Cuppa" DSP but for some reason I was not liking them all together as very bright.  See my card below




But I went back on Pinterest and saw this card using the soft colours I love and it drew me in and I had to click through to read the blog post and I must say I am feeling a bit better about purchasing the bundle... 

I must also remember I do not have to use the "Have a Cuppa" DSP if I dont want to.  Please check out Kate Benade's blog


I also like the "Have a Cuppa" embellishments , thought I pre-ordered but cant find amongst all my stash (I am a bit of a craft hoarder).


If you know me you will know I love all things related to Tea, I am actually enjoying a nice hot cuppa tea as I write this.

Hope this inspires you to create a tea or coffee themed project.  Would love to hear from you or see your project; post in the comments.

Hugs, Karen


Jan 15, 2016

Mystery Hostess Online Party

What a fun week we have had so far, lots of sample cards made and few new clients.  

Why make a purchase from my store?



Every month  during Sale-a-bration I will have a "Mystery Hostess Online Party" competition. (want to be kept up to date with my competitions? join up to my mailing list!)  If you make a purchase from my store this month and use the hostess code- (99V7G6RBYou are automatically entered into the draw -you could win the Awesome stamp set-  "Sky is the Limit " 
(entry closes February 5th)

PLUS!!!
If you are a new customer, you gain entry into my "WANTED 10 new customers" promotion- which entitles new customers to go into the draw for $25 FREE stampin up gear!!!! 
(entry closes 30th March)

Hostess Rewards will be drawn on Friday Febuary 5th at noon!

What do you need to do to be in to win? click over to my store and make a purchase! THATS IT!

JANUARY HOSTESS CODE  99
V7G6RB

Hugs, Karen

Jan 14, 2016

Going Global!!

Hello my crafty peeps!

Today I am Going Global!  I would definitely consider this set on your wish list for the Occasions catalog.  I think it’s going to be a set that many of us will fall in love with.

We will be making this card on Friday night, hope the ladies will like it!  
I can't say that I thought up the design, as I had a tutorial from Chat over on the Me, My Stamps and I  blog.  

Here is a close up of the card showing the sentiment etc., this would be good for a masculine card as the colours are very neutral.

close up



Hope you like the finished product, I did not have the one ribbon for the card but still think it looks great.  The supplies I used will be listed below.

Hope this post inspired you to make some masculine themed cards or try a new color combination.

Don't forget it is a great time to become a demonstrator and get your hands on new catalogs products AND the Sale-a-Bration products too.  You have no obligation to do anything else.  You get to pick all of your products in your starter kit.  Truly a win win.  Click HERE to see more information on starting your journey with Stampin’ Up!  and become a part of one of the best stamping communities around.

If you are in need of stamping supplies, I would love to become your demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop with Me button for easy online shopping.

January Host Code: 99V7G6RB  



Hopefully I will be able to squeeze in some stamping tomorrow, so that I can play with more of my new products from the Stampin Up Occasions catalog. 

Hugs, Karen

Jan 13, 2016

Timeless Textures

Hello my crafty peeps!

Today I am focusing on one of my new favorite stamps the Timeless Textures and I know I will be using it a lot!  This stamp set will give Gorgeous Grunge and Work of Art a run for it’s money.  Beautiful textures that you could use on ANY card.  Go ahead and add it to your wish list.  


I have had a Wink of Stella pen for a couple years and love it, so happy Stampin' Up! is carrying now. I used the Wink of Stella on a few of the dots for a bit of sparkle and added a few rhinestones in the corner.


I cased this card from Pootles (love her cards) and used the same colour combo of Basic Grey, Smoky Slate, Pink Pirouette and Rose Red.



My cousin Sue in Australia made a card with the set and I love the watercolor effect.

Hope you liked the cards we did. 

Please do use the hostess code to get free product! (hostess code shown in the top right of my blog for January!)

You can buy Stampin’ Up! online easily through my Stampin’ Up! shop link at top of this page, or within this blog post.   You can also join Stampin’ Up! through similar links too!  

Hugs, Karen





Jan 12, 2016

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals

Hello my crafty peeps!

The Weekly Deals from Stampin' Up! are a great way to build your supplies at a saving for you.

You can purchase these products at my on-line store or send me an email and I'll order for you. But remember they are only available for one week from January 12th - January 19th inclusive.

Hugs, Karen

Jan 11, 2016

Birthday Blooms!

Hello my crafty peeps!

Today I have a super cute birthday card to share with you, it's for my mother in-law!  Check it out below and remember with every $60 order you choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration item of your choice! 

It features some of our new product from the Occasions catalog and a Sale-A-Bration set. You can see the supply list below, and this is how to make this card!


  • The Old Olive layer is 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
  • The Blushing Bride layer is 5 1/4" x 4"
  • The Whisper White layer is 5" x 3 3/4″.  Stamp the flower on a scrap of whisper white and “fussy cut”.  Stamp the flower in Memento Tuxedo Black in the left hand corner and a sentiment in the upper right corner.  Colour in the leaves and just the outside of the flower with Copics or other alchol based markers.
  • Stamp the splotches and texture in Slate and Blushing Bride wherever you like. 
  • Colour in the cut flower and adhere with Dimensionals to the base flower. Once this is done use Clear Wink of Stella on the center of flower and some other areas until you get the desired effect. 
  • Add the Whisper White layer to the Blushing Bride layer with adhesive.  Add this layer to card front with adhesive.
So now that we are in Sale-A-Bration time there are several deals you should know about.  First, if you sign up for three months of Paper Pumpkin, you can choose a free items from the catalog.  Be aware that there are two stamp sets in the Free catalog that will only be available for six weeks…page. 16 and page 19

And, if you spend $400 in a quarter in Stampin’ Up! product…why don’t you join my team?  You will always save 20% on your order and you can immediately order $195 worth of product for $125.  You never have to hold a class or a party to sell anything.  You win and win again…and we can go to SU! events together too!  There are lots more benefits and honestly, no catches anywhere.  What is holding you back?  Call me, text me…let’s talk!

This months Hostess Code if ordering on my online webstore 99V7G6RB

Hugs, Karen





Jan 5, 2016

Weekly deals - Sale-a-bration 2016

YAY! I love love love Tuesdays!!!!

The Weekly Deals from Stampin' Up! are a great way to build your supplies at a saving for you.

You can purchase these products at my on-line store or send me an email and I'll order for you. But remember they are only available for one week from January 5th - January  12th inclusive.

If you use January's hostess code- I will be sending you a little something out in the mail!!   hostess code- 99V7G6RB


Here is a sample of a card made with one of my favourites the 
"Bear Hugs Clear-Mount Bundle" item #140823  

Have a great week, and I hope you manage to squeeze in some creative therapy!!

Hugs, Karen

Jan 4, 2016

Flowering Fields

Hello my crafty peeps!

Christmas is OVER…how did that happen? I love seeing family and friends, but also enjoy the weeks after relaxing and getting back to normal. We are still worrying about our furbabies who have been in and out of the vet, sad that they are getting older 15 & 16, it just creeps up on us, so sad but they seem to be doing better.

This week’s theme is Anything Sale-A-Bration…well, we have an awesome selection to choose from this year! It starts tomorrow…not too much longer to wait! Here’s what I did using the stamp set, Flowering Fields. 



I am a little disappointed as I did not get a crisp image of the sentiment, tried to fix it with a fine tip marker but not likey so much.  Will keep this one as a sample....  But I do like the concept of the card, which the inspiration came from a card my friend Deanne made this summer.

Have you received your mini catalog yet? If you don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and would like one please let me know. You can email me here and I'd be happy to get one to you.  I cover Canada but have team members in Australia and in the USA, so you can join us in those countries also!  And of course, you can find me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and on YouTube as Karen Stallman (no craft videos yet)!

Hugs, Karen


Jan 3, 2016

Crafty Space 2016!

Hello my crafty peeps, what a glorious day today has turned out to be...nothing special going on, just such a beautiful sunny wintery kind of day. 

I am always looking for more ways to decorate/organize my room.....although I have had my room for about 2 years, it is soooooooo far from being done....I always tell my hubby that it is only 60 to 80 percent done....that drives him nuts... hee hee considering that I have spent so much time organizing and arranging. (My cousin always says havent you already organized it twenty times)

It will never be my ideal craft room, unlike some of the gorgeous ones you see on Pinterest or youtube, with the stamp-n-storage systems and huge space but for now I am just thankful he let me have his loft office/den as my craft space.  Insert "happy dance" or at least that was how I felt 6 months ago, now that I do the odd class, I think the basement family room would be a better fit, but he ain't budgin' now from his "Man Cave"


For some reason about 11pm last night I decided I needed to move some furniture around and start to organize my punches and stamps.  There is only so much I can do in the space but one of these days I hope to find the right fit. I better start up again once I'm done my tea, stay tuned for the finished photos...


If you have a craft space, please share in the comments.
Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Karen

Jan 2, 2016

Feline Thank you

Hello my crafty peeps!

I LOVE CATS!!! I have two of my own, and have pretty much always had cats. Therefore, I have lots of cat stamps, today I am making thank you cards for two special people.  One will be for Janey a lovely lady in our crafting FB group that donated some funds to help Shelby's vet bills in December and the other will be for the Vet that looked after her at the Emergency.

Today's kitty is the Stampendous Cling Feline Fun, and this one i watercoloured with my . She have been colored with 
Stampin' Up! inks.  The cardstock is Early Espresso and  I used a scrap of Spice Cake a retired Stampin' Up! DSP.   The thank you sentiment is stamped in Early Espress ink above the sleeping kitten, Stampendous Feline Sleepy Rubber Stamp

I tried to watercolour as similar to Shelby as possible but was a little off.  Hope they like it!!






Hugs, Karen


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