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 

Halloween Treats

Give the Littles Something Sweet!

Every year at Halloween I love to give all of my nieces and nephews a treat, and it’s always wrapped up especially for them. Since the August “Best of” stamp set is “Best of Halloween,” it’s the perfect opportunity for me to get started early this year. You can read more about our “Best of” stamp sets here (US/CAN).
I love that there are three main images, a border, and a greeting in the stamp set. Since the main images are about the same size, it was easy to come up with a design that worked for all of them.

I used the new Decorative Window Gift Boxes since they are small and all of my nieces and nephews are still very little. I didn’t think they needed much more candy than these hold!
Got any fun ideas for Halloween gifting? Tell us about them in the comments section below!
Christina N.
Concept Artist

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

More Halloween Speak Peeks!

More HALLOWEEN class SNEAK PEEKS... Perfect for putting little Halloween treats in!

Don't forget to reserve your spot today for class...they are filling up fast...

Sunday August 25th @ 1pm
Monday August 26th @ 10 am

Go to the class tab on right hand corner to sign up and pay to reserve your spot.

Go to my online store to order any of the supplies used to make these adorable projects.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Paper Pumpkin...
From NOW until August 31, 2013 join Paper Pumpkin and pay only $10 a month* for the first two months.
*plus tax, where applicable. Shipping included!
The Fine Print:
  • For new subscribers only.
  • Promotion applies only to the first two months of a new subscription. After receiving two month’s worth, the price for each
    month’s kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
  • You need to email me to join so I can make sure you get the deal!
  • You must join by Saturday, August 31, 2013; 11:50 PM (MT).
  • NOTE:if you are an experienced stamper, these kits will seem very basic.  please use them as a jumpstart to your creativity.
  • Go to to order today!
Undefined: *New* Stamp Carving Kit

Have you ever wanted a stamp but couldn't find the perfect image? Maybe one of your customers has a special family logo or a sketch she'd like to have as a stamp. Well now she can! Undefined is Stampin' Up!'s new stamp carving product line. You define the rubber stamp any way you want.
When you carve your very own stamp, you have will have an entirely new and different creative experience. And when you're finished, you will have created a one-of-a-kind stamp!
Included in the Undefined Stamp Carving Kit
  • 2 carving tools
  • 3" x 4" rubber
  • 3" x 4" foam
  • 4 wood blocks (various sizes)
  • 1 Island Indigo Stampin' Write Marker
  • 3 postcards
  • Instruction sheet
  • Stamp image templates 
Included in the Undefined Refill Kit:
  • 3" x 4" rubber
  • 3" x 4" foam
  • 4 wood blocks (various sizes)
  • Instruction sheet
How to get it:
*Add a sheet of Clear-Mount Cling Foam to create your own clear-mount stamps. Mounting your stamps on the cling foam allows you to make stamps any size you want, not just what will fit on the blocks that come in the kit. exactly do you carve a stamp? Good question...
Express your personality, thoughts, feelings, etc. with a stamp you've carved all on your own! We know you'll have a "look what I made!" moment.

Thinlits Card Dies Available Today!

They've been called flip cards, flip flop cards, swing cards, and more-but they have always been a bit tricky to create. Not anymore! Our amazing new Thinlits Card Dies cut and score to create a card that flips in just one step.  
You can order them today!!!
With the number of dies you're getting, plus the die that creates the card itself, the price is a great value-especially to create an interactive card!
The main shape in the cards (circle and label) can work with a lot of our stamp images so you can create tons of different kinds of cards using many different stamp sets. 
  • Here are just a few suggestions to get you started:
    • Label Card Thinlits Die (133479):
      • Happy Day Stamp Set (130294w or 130297c)
    • Circle Card Thinlits Die (item 133480):
      • Worth the Wait Stamp (item 131094w)
      • Five-Way Flower Stamp (item 131088w)
    • Both card dies pair well with:
      • Oh, Hello Stamp Set (131931w or 130733c)
      • Yippee-Skippee! Stamp Set (131341w or 131344c)
      • Really Good Greetings Stamp Set (130330w or 130333c)
      • Regarding Dahlias Stamp Set (130324w or 130327)
Get your Thinlits Card Dies today!


It's here, it's here...the new 2013 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.


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 Halloween is our August offering.  
Don’t forget to check out the sets from previous months as well, details found here. They’re available all year - shop the "Best of 25 Years"!

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
Settin’ Sail Photopolymer Stamp Set
Life’s better at the beach. Or on the sea. But wherever you are, you’ll find lots of reasons to use the images in this set—for vacation memory-keeping, nautical parties, summer fun.
For the Settin' Sail Photopolymer stamp set, we recommend clear blocks sizes A, C, & H (not included in the set) with this exclusive photopolymer stamp set.

Saturday, August 3, 2013


Halloween is right around the corner so I am holding a class Sunday August 25th at 1pm or Monday August 26th at 10am so everyone can be prepared for all those trick-or-treaters, teacher, co-worker, or neighbor gifts!!!!!!!

Below is just a sample of what you can make at these classes...

Go to the class tab on the right corner and sign up today!!!! Classes fill fast for these projects so don't delay!
More sneak peeks to come in the future days before the class starts...keep checking back.

Thursday, August 1, 2013


Memorabilia Maze

There’s a large box on a shelf in my scrapbook room. Most of the time it sits there patiently, but every now and then its contents whisper, “You need to do something with me.” This box is packed with memorabilia. Programs, postcards, ticket stubs, and more—all of it waiting to join the rest of my scrapbook pages. Every now and then I try to tackle the issue, but I become so overwhelmed with all the stuff—and wondering what to do with it—that I give up.
This month I gave myself a creative challenge. I decided it was time to figure out some techniques to help me scrapbook my memorabilia. I quickly identified the biggest reason for my struggle: I have memorabilia but no accompanying photo(s). I soon found three techniques that work for me.
Technique #1
On the A Thing Divine page, I treated my pieces of memorabilia as if they were photos. Postcards lend themselves quite well to this technique because their shape is similar to that of photos.

Tip: The fun frame pattern on the Etcetera Designer Series Paper gave me the idea to cut along the edge of one of the frames and tuck a ticket inside. It’s the perfect size for this and results in a nice interactive element.
Technique #2
I’ve collected a number of movie tickets over the years but didn’t have photos to go along with them. What to do, what to do? For my Secret of Life page, I turned the memorabilia into embellishments. With the Beautiful Wings Embosslits and Delicate Doilies Sizzlits Dies, I transformed the movie tickets into delicate ornamentation. I loved being able to use up all those tickets! I also took a couple of generic photos that suited the topic.

Tip: The photos and butterflies looked stark against the Very Vanilla background, so I added some Crushed Curry ink directly to the paper to add some color.
Technique #3
When I looked through my memorabilia box, I found a bunch of cards from my co-workers here at Stampin’ Up! I definitely wanted to scrapbook them, but the cards are so lovely I wanted to make sure they could be viewed easily. So I decided to display the cards in rows using Window Sheets as pockets. A large envelope would also have worked, but the Window Sheets let the memorabilia take center stage.

Tip: Here’s how to create the pockets:
  1. Cut a 12" x 12" Window Sheet into three pieces that are 4" wide.
  2. Lightly draw a line in pencil on the patterned paper background to mark where you want the top of each pocket. You can vary this based on what you plan to put in the pockets; I marked lines at 3-3/4", 6", and 8-1/4" from the top.
  3. Hold the top edge of the Window Sheet on the first line and sew across the bottom. Hold the second Window Sheet strip against the second line and sew along the right edge. Repeat with the third strip.
  4. Erase your pencil lines. (It’s important to do this now before you sew the sides of the pockets.)
  5. Sew along the side edges to close the pockets on three sides.
I have loads of memorabilia left to scrapbook, but my box is a little lighter than before. And I have these three techniques to try the next time I delve into the box. Have you ever used memorabilia in your scrapbooking? What technique(s) did you use?
Alyssa H.
Senior Writer/Editor


New Thinlits Card Dies

Our amazing new Thinlits Card Dies cut and score to create a card that flips in just one step.
133479Label Card Thinlits Die$32.95 US/$40.95 CAN
133480Circle Card Thinlits Die$32.95 US/$40.95 CAN

These new card dies come with extra die pieces that have versatile designs, so you can use them on other projects, not just for flip cards. (The Circle Card Thinlits Die comes with 10 total pieces; the Label Card Thinlits Die comes with nine total pieces.)
With the number of dies you’re getting, plus the die that creates the card itself, the price is a great value—especially to create an interactive card!
  • The main shape in the cards (circle and label) can work with a lot of our stamp images so you can create tons of different kinds of cards using many different stamp sets. Here are just a few suggestions to get you started:
Label Card Thinlits Die (item 133479):
  • Happy Day Stamp Set (item 130294 W item 130297 C)
Circle Card Thinlits Die (item 133480):
  • Worth the Wait Stamp (item 131094 W)
  • Five-Way Flower Stamp (item 131088 W)
Both card dies pair well with:
  • Oh, Hello Stamp Set (item 131931 W item 130733 C)
  • Yippee-Skippee! Stamp Set (item 131341 W item 131344 C)
  • Really Good Greetings Stamp Set (item 130330 W item 130333 C)
  • Regarding Dahlias Stamp Set (item 130324 W item 130327 C)
  • These dies also work well with our new magnetic platform (item 130658) so you can place dies exactly where you want them.
Check them out!