Thursday, October 10, 2013

One Product . . . Six Different Projects!

As concept artists we have the opportunity to play around with products. This is especially fun with something as versatile as the Modern Medley Designer Series Paper. Since we are all in love with this paper (and the black and white look—that is very much on-trend!) we thought it would be fun for all of us to make a project with it . . . to show off how easy it is to use. Here’s what we came up with.

Christina N.

It’s no secret that I love to wrap and package gifts and favors. It’s one of my favorite things to do. And . . . I love the new Modern Medley Designer Series Paper. It’s so easy to use! I could package up something for my hubby and my mom with the same package of paper—just by changing how I embellish. It’s basically a staple and I find myself reaching for it all the time!
Angie B.

Stylize Your File Folders . . .

Adhere a piece of Modern Medley Designer Series Paper (or any patterned paper) to your plain, boring, vanilla file folder. Trim around the edges with your scissors.

Need a quick and easy gift? Make a stack for a friend. Wrap them together with a fun ribbon and a bright-colored paper flower accent.

Want to make your own organization a little more sophisticated? Make yourself a set. Throw in a pop of bright color when you add labels to the tabs.

Have your kids pick out their favorite paper designs to keep their homework separated.
There are lots of uses for file folders—even if they just sit on your desk and look cute.

Robyn P.

Pairing a bright color like Strawberry Slush with the Modern Medley Designer Series Paper adds the perfect pop of color to your project! 

Melody H.

I've hit a bit of a creative brick wall during the last few days. Trying to get back into the normal work groove after a week at convention has been a bit of a struggle. I think my muse decided she could take a vacation! When we decided to use the Modern Medley Designer Series Paper for our group blog post, I didn't have any lightning bolts of inspiration. I tried a little of this and a little of that . . . to no avail. When I stood up to stretch and take a break, I glanced over at Angie's desk and saw that she had a big circle of cardstock sitting on top of some patterned Designer Series Paper and the creative lightbulb finally came on!

There are so many ways to use any of our Designer Series Papers, but what makes the Modern Medley paper even more special is that it can go with just about anything you want to create. The variety of patterns and styles makes the paper very versatile. I landed on the chevron pattern because it matched the bold and graphic idea I had in my mind. I also felt that it went well with the "Woot" stamp I carved with the Undefined Stamp Carving Kit.

Jen C.

When I really want to dress up a handmade card, I’ll create a unique envelope to go with it. Using Designer Series Paper is a simple way to add a pop of color and pattern. My go-to envelope is one that looks like a mailing envelope or an interoffice envelope with a string to close it. I’ve made it so many times that now I’m calling it the “Jenvelope.”

Here is a little tutorial on how to make one that will hold a standard/A2 card. (You can adjust the dimensions to accommodate different card sizes.)

Arika B.

I am addicted to all things black and white, so it's a no-brainer that I am in love with the Modern Medley Designer Series Paper. For this page, I wanted my favorite pattern in the pack to be one of the main attractions on my page, so I took a big piece and placed it right down the middle. (Okay—not quite down the middle!) I off-centered it a little to make room for a fabulous black and white ampersand from the Amped Up Ampersands Digital Stamp Set in MDS. I love adding hybrid elements to my scrapbook pages. The title on the page “You and Me” is another fun hybrid element I have added using the Hooray for Today digital stamp in MDS, and then cut out using a digital cutter. I think the title and all the little pops of color are the perfect balance for all of that black and white.

We hope you have enjoyed what we’ve shared!

Stampin’ Up! Concept Artists
One of my favorite papers from this catalog...order today or come to a class to use it! 

Clearance Rack Update!

Clearance Rack Update!
Check out some of the new items in the Clearance Rack
The Clearance Rack has been updated, go to my Online Store HERE and click on Clearance Rack in the left side bar to see everything available.  Some items are discounted up to 80%.

 123002 In Color Markers $5.99 (four of these colors have been   added to our current color palette)
 111352 Baja Breeze 8 1/2x 11 card stock $2.79 
 127688 8x8 Crumb Cake Scrapbook Album $9.59
 129302 Flower Flair Simply Scrappin' Kit $6.39
Lots more so be sure to check it out!!

Friday, October 4, 2013


Happy 25th Anniversary Stampin' Up!
We have a great incentive for hostesses!!  Again, celebrating 25 years, Stampin' Up is offering $25 extra hostess dollars for anyone who holds a workshop during October!!  Email me today to schedule YOUR workshop!!
    Get $25 extra hostess dollars when you have a $250 party this month! That means it’s easier than ever to earn even more free products.
    • $250 party = $40 +25 = $65
    • $300 party = $50 +25 = $75
    • $400 party = $65 +25 = $90 +half-priced item
    • and so on…
    Don't have time for a physical workshop.  Just gather orders from your friends and place a Online/catalog order and still earn the extra $25 in Hostess Dollars!!
    Please feel free to email me for details and schedule your workshop!!

    Join Stampin' Up! for only$25!  



    This is the Stampin' Up! Starter Kit Special you have been waiting for!!!  Mark Your Calendar!  From Monday, Oct. 7 THRU Monday, Oct. 21, Stampin' Up! will be offering a special starter kit for just $25!  What a wonderful way for Stampin' Up! to celebrate it's 25th anniversary!
    • The $25 kit includes up to $26.95 of your choice of Stampin' Up! products (value must be more than $25, but not more than $26.95 before tax), a supply of annual and holiday catalogs and it all ships FREE.  Our regular $99 Starter Kit will not be available for purchase during this two-week period. 
    • Test drive Stampin' Up! exclusive resources and discounts through April 30, 2014, with no obligation to purchase anything further.
    • Save!  Receive a 20% discount on every demonstrator order you place.
    • Receive 30% off your first demonstrator order of $150 or more (before shipping and tax).  Must be placed within 45 days of purchasing your kit.
    • Be first to know about new products and pre-order from new catalogs!
    • Reach $300 in sales by March 31, 2014 and renew an additional quarter (through June 30, 2014).  There's NO penalty to drop.
    • It's up to you!  Purchase the kit just for yourself and/or have fun and share Stampin' Up! with friends while making a little extra money.
    • PURCHASE YOUR $25 KIT THROUGH ME and you'll become a member of Stamp with Jill Community as well as part of Stampin' Up!  We're nationwide, friendly, resourceful, virtual and fun!  Hobby stampers are always welcome in my group! 
    October Best of 25 years - Christmas
    Every month during 2013, Stampin' Up! is combining some of our all-time-favorite stamps with a new, never-before-seen stamp to create a monthly “Best of” stamp set.  Best of Christmas is our October offering.  
    October 2013:
    ·   Shop Online: Best of Christmas (134384)
    ·   Clear mount blocks B, C & D needed for this set
    ·   Coordinates with the Christmas Ornament Punch (132152)
    Shop Past Months:
    ·   August: Best of Halloween (134381)
    ·   July: Best of Shelli (133488)
    ·   June: Best of Greetings (133485)
    ·   May: Best of Brides & Babies (133482)
    ·   April: Best of Butterflies (133345)
    ·   March: Best of Flowers (133342)
    ·   February: Best of Love (132987)
    ·   January: Best of Birthdays (132929)
    Get a Free Stamp Set!  
    As a special incentive to collect the "Best of" stamps:
    ·   Starting in February we're including a collector's card and 25-year proof of purchase sticker with every "Best of" set.
    ·   Collect six stickers
    ·   Send it in to redeem a FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95! 
    ·   Free sets must be redeemed no later than April 30, 2014.
    Shop the "Best of 25 Years" stamps


    Stampin' Up! has reached a milestone--250 posts on their blog--and they want to celebrate with you! Beginning today (October 3), they will begin a series of Thank You Thursdays posts, where discounted products will be offered for one day only (while supplies last). 
    Every Thursday in October there will be a new deal.  Be sure you check the Stampin' Up! site each week for the new deal!
     Today's Thank You Thursday One Day Only Product Sale is:
    Designer Washi Tape! Choose from one (or all three) of the designer Washi Tapes below.
    Epic Day This And That Designer Washi Tape
    Regular Price $4.95
    Sale Price  $3.71
    Gingham Garden Washi Tape
    Regular Price $4.95
    Sale Price  $3.71
    Witches' Brew Designer Washi Tape
    Regular Price $4.95
    Sale Price  $3.71
    * Please note:  the discounted price will appear at checkout.
    WANT MORE IDEAS ON HOW TO USE WASHI TAPE?  This "What to Washi" Class explores a myriad of Washi options and provides much more than the basics for you to begin your own Washi adventures. This class includes written instructions, step-out photos, instructional videos, and supply lists for more than 30 projects. 



    We've had an overwhelmingly positive response to the new Envelope Punch Board--so much so that that you have nearly sold through our supply weeks sooner than we anticipated! We have already taken steps to restock our inventory, but the new supply will not arrive in the Distribution Center until mid-October. We anticipate that the Envelope Punch Boards will be placed on backorder in the next few days.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we are working to ensure that we can fulfill your orders as quickly as possible. We will keep you posted as we learn the exact dates of availability. 

    Thursday, September 12, 2013

    I Love Halloween


    Adorable Halloween Gifts

    I’ve been dying to try iron-ons with My Digital Studio and our Mini Muslin Bags—and this was the perfect opportunity! First, I selected a stamp from MDS’s Halloween Bash Stamp Brush Set and colored it in. Then, I mirrored the image in MDS (the image needs to be backwards for it to work with the iron-ons). Next, I printed the images on my iron-ons, ironed them to the Mini Muslin Bags, then peeled off the backing.

    I put treats inside, finished them off with some filler that resembles straw—and was done! Easy peasy.

    Do you have any holiday project plans for our Mini Muslin Bags? Let us know!
    Christina N.
    Concept Artist

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    Monday, September 9, 2013

    File Folder

    I received an email from Patty Bennett and just had to share it with you all! Its a great new product that I highly recommend!

    File Folder technique cards Video tutorial
    Posted: 03 Sep 2013 12:23 AM PDT

    Shop Online Anytime


    I can easily say that these fun FILE FOLDER CARDS are some of my ALL TIME FAVORITE projects!  
    These are so easy when you have the Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board!
    See below for a VIDEO TUTORIAL for this technique!
    VIDEO TUTORIAL for File Folder Cards with the Envelope Punch Board:
    (if you are viewing this in an email feed, please VISIT MY BLOG to view the video)
    Available in my Stampin' Up! online store:

    Stampin' Trimmer #126889        Envelope Punch Board #133774
    126889-stampin-trimmer Envelope-punch-board
     (How to Make Envelopes Video HERE)
     To view a video on making ENVELOPES with the Envelope Punch Board, please visit my blog post here.
    Cindee Wilkinson showed me her samples and I couldn't resist making a bunch of them!
    Above & Below: File Folder Card featuring Season of Style Paper Stack and Season of Style Washi Tape
    Above & Below: File Folder Card featuring Witches' Brew Designer Paper and Witches' Brew Washi Tape
    Above & Below: File Folder Card featuring a Stampin' Up! Tag a Bag bag (chevron pattern) and
    Above & Below: File Folder Card altered into a short front pocket, and decorated with Itty Bitty Punch pack flowers and Neutrals Candy Dots
    Which one is YOUR favorite?  Leave me a comment below and let me know!

    Shop Online Anytime

    Monday, August 19, 2013

    New Single Stamps—Christmas Star

    Simply Stars is one of my favorite new stamp sets. The new Christmas Star single stamp is quickly climbing the ranks. I’m a fan of big images, and this one is definitely big.
    I love stars because they are very versatile. It isn’t an overtly feminine or masculine shape and can be used year-round for all kinds of projects.
    This framed d├ęcor project is a fun collection of different textures and patterns. Because the star stamp is so large, it easily becomes a popped-up 3D star by scoring and folding. I also used the Chevron Border Punch, the Expressions Thinlits Dies, and a canvas banner piece from the Banner Simply Created Kit in the holiday catalog.

    The Mini Muslin Bag project was a lot of fun to do, too. To get a perfectly crisp image, I heat embossed the star with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder onto parchment paper, then ironed it onto the muslin bag. It does take the shine off of the embossing powder, but it guarantees a perfect image and perfect placement every time.

    This bag would be a perfect holiday gift. I made a bundle of five note card-sized greeting cards and paired them with the new Crumb Cake Note Card envelopes. These cards are very simple—just the Christmas Star stamped in Sahara Sand ink and the Season’s Greetings sentiment from the Joy to The World Stamp Set embossed in gold. I finished it off with a quick Linen Thread bow.
    I’ve got several other ideas for using this beautiful stamp. It’s going on my next order for sure. What will you make with the Christmas Star?
    Melody H.
    Concept Artist

    Friday, August 16, 2013

    Cool new stamps


    Another Thank You

    You might not believe me, but even though I have my dream job here at Stampin’ Up! I really am a sub-par crafter. My card making abilities are novice at best; however, that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy making and giving cards for most occasions.

    So, I decided to design a thank you stamp set with simplicity in mind. (Think mass-produced wedding thank-you cards!) With this set, all you need is some paper, ink, and the Another Thank You Photopolymer Stamp Set. Take a look at the variety of cards I was able to make with just these few ingredients! It’s perfect for crafters of all levels.

    Be sure to share your creations on your favorite social media channel. I am excited to see how you say thanks!
    Britni H.
    Graphic Designer

    Wednesday, August 7, 2013

    $20 Tuesday

    $20 Tuesday . . . Pencil Box

    Join us every Tuesday for the month of August for our $20 Tuesdays. We will explore some great options that you can create for $20 or under! These prices are based on the US price value and do not include shipping and handling or tax.
    Did you know that there are 2.8 billion pencils manufactured every year? It’s true—I asked Google! Now, I have to confess, I very rarely use them, but my kids do all the time. They doodle, they do school work, they stick them in their ear. . . . (Okay, the last one I made up—but I figured three things made the pencil sound a little more useful!)
    Anyway, with school coming up I knew that they would need something to store all of their little goodies in. Pencils, pens, glue, scissors, eraser—all need a place to live. I certainly didn’t want them floating around in their backpacks, or as we like to call them “pack packs” (thanks to my cute little kids who couldn’t say “backpacks” when they were little). They needed to go somewhere.
    So, I thought we could run to the store and buy pencil boxes, or . . . we could make our own! Well, since I work here at Stampin’ Up! and my wife has an unquenchable desire to craft, I decided that buying one would certainly be blasphemous!
    I decided that the new Wood-Mount Cases would be perfect for this project. As a matter of fact, I have been thinking of tons of things that could go in them since they were introduced—Matchbox cars, puzzles, Barbie accessories . . . but I digress; ours were destined to be pencil boxes!
    I also thought that the Tag a Bag Accessory Kit would be the perfect fit to make these go off without a hitch.

    So, if you are figuring out the cost—that’s $6.95 for the cases and $7.95 for the Tag a Bag Accessory Kit.
    Part of the fun of this activity is that the kids were able to do it themselves. The guidelines? They had to use the Stampin’ Up! items that I gave them and stuff they could find in the house.
    It was so much fun to watch their different personalities come through as they were creating their boxes. Baby Girl just went for it. She wanted ribbons and all things girly, while my son thought the perfect thing for his pencil box was to draw inspiration from one of his model trucks he is going to put together—and make lightning bolts on his paper!

    After watching the kids create theirs, I have to say—I got a little jealous, I wanted to branch out on my own, and make my wife a little something. You see, this is the first year both kids will be in school and my wife is already not looking forward to it. So, I thought I could make her a survival kit—so that when the kids are away she can have some fun “alone time” and not miss them too much.
    I followed the same rules as for my kids, but there are certainly ways you can dress this idea up! With all of the pieces that came I was able to make her the survival box, a little memo book (the chipboard is the packaging for the Tag A Bag Accessory Kit) so she can jot down notes, thoughts, or whatever (I did add some blank white copy paper inside) and a couple of bookmarks! And hey, no teasing me about the penmanship!

    As the day gets closer I will also add a little something sweet (and maybe a gift certificate or two!) to keep the blues away!
    And just to show what a great deal this is, below is all the extra pieces from the kit!

    Drop us a line below to let us know how you are using the Wood-Mount Cases and Tag A Bag Accessory Kit!
    Casey G.
    Sr. Web Properties Specialist