Monday, May 13, 2019

Craft Fair 2019 Series: 5x8 Notebooks

I'm back with Episode 7 in my Craft Fair 2019 Series bringing you another way to add a holder to your paper pads.  In this project, I use a 5x8 note pad which you can find at most office supply or department stores.  I purchase mine in bulk to save money and to keep the costs down.
Here are the dimensions of the paper you will need:
Early Espresso card stock cut 8 1/2 x 10 3/4 scored on the long way at 5 1/4 and 5 1/2.
Use your corner rounder to round all four corners.  Folder at the score lines and use your bone folder and make a nice crease.
Use the pretty paper that you have.  I used Animal Exposition Designer Series Paper cut 5 x 8 1/4.  Round the corners on the right side only.  This piece is added to the front of the notebook.
You will also need another piece of your pretty paper cut 2 x 5 and then scored at 7/8" and 1 1/8".  Use your bone folder to make a nice crease.  Add tear and tape to the back side and then add to the top of your note book to add a nice topper to the note pad.  

Add tear and tape to the back side of your note book (top, middle, and bottom) and then add to your holder.
Cut another piece of Early Espresso cut 2 x 5 and add to the front of your notebook holder.
Add your coordinating paper (Animal Exposition) to the Early Espresso and then add to the center of your notebook holder.
Using the Layering Circle dies, I die cut a piece of Early Espresso with the scallop circle.  I then die cut a stitched circle from Whisper White card stock and then stamped my sentiment from Strong & Beautiful stamp set using Early Espresso ink.
Add three dimensionals to the back side of your sentiment and add to your notebook.
I found a coordinating pen and then packaged up in a clear cello bag sized 6x9.
If you would like to follow along with more detailed instructions, click the video below and head over to my YouTube channel.  Don't forget to subscribe to my channel so you can see other paper crafting projects I have made and also future videos coming your way.

Don't forget to check out the Clearance Rack on my online store so you can save on some pretty paper.  Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up! is super pretty to work with and also makes a very attractive gift.

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Friday, May 10, 2019

May Paper Pumpkin Alert - Last Day To Order is May 10th

Today is the LAST day to order the May Paper Pumpkin kit. It's going to be fabulous!

It you're not convinced; watch Shelli's video below. Head over to

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Scrap Card Using Just Because Stamp Set

I started these three cards a few nights ago and finished them up tonight using some scraps from a project I was working on.  I usually have such a hard time coming up with designs so I challenged myself to use what was on my desk.  I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the image.  Once I had that completed for all three, I used my Blends to color in.  Once I was satisfied with the coloring process, I used my Stitched Rectangles and Laying Circle dies and die cut the images with the Big Shot.

Using up the scraps, I cut them to 3x4 or thereabouts.  I didn't want the card designs to all look the same, so I took the pretty paper and angled them each a little differently.  Once I had the layout, I simply added the focal point to the card front.  The sequins add a nice touch along with the bakers twine.  Did you see the Wink of Stella?  I added it to each of the images.  Love Wink of Stella, don't you?

Even though the Just Because stamp set is/has been retired, I'll still keep it around.  It's a great stamp set to practice using Blends and also to make some quick cards.  

Don't forget about my Paper Share.  Last day to register is May 28, 2019.  I have a few orders and hoping for some additional orders to complete another demonstrator order.  Won't you join in on this fabulous offer?  It's a great way to get a feel of each paper and a look at the new Designer Series Paper coming to you in June.

Check out my May hostess rewards as well.  A great PDF download offer is waiting for YOU!

Happy crafting today! -Karen

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May Customer Appreciation with Inspired By Gram!

A new month means a new customer appreciation gift.  For the month of May, I have many masculine cards, a few fancy fold, and great techniques.  There are so many variations in the projects included so you will have many different card designs to create.
What's a Customer Appreciation PDF?
Well, it's a free tutorial that you can download right to your computer from your email inbox.  All qualifying orders will receive this FREE appreciation gift.

What's included in the PDF you ask?
  • Instructions
  • Measurements
  • Photos for reference
  • Supply list so you know exactly what is needed
  • 11 cards and 2 3D projects!

How do you qualify for my FREE download?
Place an order of $40  or more in product (does not include tax & shipping) from my online store and use Hostess Code UKJ2RWGM  and you will then receive an email from me with the FREE download pdf.  Super simple.  You can save the PDF on your computer to reference back whenever needed.  You can also print out and keep in a binder for reference too!  If your product order is $150 or more, do not use the Hostess Code so you can benefit and receive Stampin Rewards.

A PDF download is great to have because the work is done for you.  As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I enjoy being able to CASE (copy and share everything) with my customers.
Email me if you have any questions at

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Product Medley: Everything is Rosy

What's new with Stampin' Up!

It's called Everything is Rosy Product Medley.  It's new, exciting, fun and we all get to order it on May 1st.  Even Demonstrators were not even able to order early.  There is only a limited quantity available, so basically it's a first come, first served product medley.  Last day to order is May 31, 2019, but remember, 

"while supplies last."   Let me share it with you…

Everything is Rosy Product Medley
You get everything pictured below (and a detailed list is below that).

The Everything Is Rosy Product Medley includes these exclusive products:
  • Everything Is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set—18 stamps; suggested blocks: a, b, c,
  • Everything Is Rosy Dies—10 dies; largest die 2-7/8″ x 1″ (7.3 x 2.5 cm)
  • 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 CM) Designer Series Paper Stack—48 sheets; 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
  • 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 CM) rose gold foil paper—8 sheets
  • Printed die cuts—2 sheets
  • Rose gold die cuts—4 sheets; 2 each of 2 designs
  • Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments—60 embellishments; 1/4″ (6.4 mm)
  • Melon Mambo 1/4″ (6.4 mm) Ruched Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
  • Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8″ (1 cm) Metallic –Edge Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
  • Rose Gold Shimmer Paint—1/2 oz. (15 ml)
Now that you have seen and read all the amazing products in this medley, it's not going to break your bank.  The Medley is priced at $80.  You will receive stamps, dies, two full spools of ribbon, a full pack of patterned paper, 8 foil sheets of rose gold.  Priced out individually, the cost would be more.  I hope you see what a great deal this offer is.  To order Everything is Rosy Product Medley, beginning on May 1st, click here to my online store.

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Karen's 2019-2020 Stampin' Up! Paper Share - Reserve Yours Today!

I am including 13 samples of Designer Series Paper in my Paper Share. 
The above is only a sample of what you will receive.
Annual Catalog 2019-2020 Designer Series Paper Share
For USA Orders Only

I am including 162 pieces of 6x6 Designer Series Paper from 13 packs of paper.
Pricing is $47 per paper share plus $6.95 Priority Shipping

Your paper share will include:
  • Woven Threads:  12 Pieces
  • Magnolia Lane:  12 Pieces
  • Garden Lane:  12 Pieces
  • Follow Your Art:  12 Pieces
  • Bird Ballad:  12 Pieces
  • Dinoroar:  12 Pieces
  • Perennial Essence:  12 Pieces
  • See a Silhouette:  12 Pieces
  • Come Sail Away:  12 Pieces
  • Pressed Petals:  24 Pieces*
  • Mosaic Mood:  12 Pieces
  • Noble Peacock:  12 Pieces
  • Noble Peacock Foil:  6 Pieces
*Please note one of the designs is not ideal to be cut 6x6 so some of the designs will be cut off.

This totals 162 Pieces of Designer Series Paper!  WOW!

Reserve Your Paper Share TODAY!  

Click here to Reserve Your Paper Share Today!

I will add you to my Paper Share List and then email you an invoice.  Payment options are Venmo or PayPal.

Karen's Paper Share Schedule

May 28:  I will email a PayPal invoice to you 
June 3:  Karen's deadline to finalize invoice
June 4:  Karen orders all the pretty paper!
June 13-21:  I will cut, label, and package your paper share.
June 22:  I will start shipping paper shares assuming no delays or backorders

What's a Paper Share?
When you reserve a Designer Series Paper Share, I will order the 13 papers listed above, which all come from the 2019-2020 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  I'll cut it up into 6x6 pieces, package each set, and then label it.  Once I have your share complete, I'll ship it your way.

Karen's Paper Share allows you to have 162 samples of all the new pretty papers listed above.  Karen's Paper Share is an inexpensive way to sample the papers so you know which paper best suits your paper crafting style.  

Thank you for taking part in my Annual Stampin' Up! Paper Share.
I can't wait to start working on your order!

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Here's To A Good Day!

I've been super busy and got a little behind this week with my stamping and blogging.  Easter cards will be a little late for some, but at least they are mailed!
I did not have a specific Easter stamp set, so I settled on A Good Day from Stampin' Up!  
Using a simple layout, I created a top folding card out of Whisper White card stock.  I then added a 4 x 3 piece of Floral Romance Designer Series Paper to the bottom section.  I coordinated the card with our variegated ribbon; which comes in Petal Pink and Whisper White.  It's a really soft ribbon and easy to tie knots and bows with.  Don't forget to add it to your shopping cart today!
Using the stitched oval die, I cut out an oval from Petal Pink card stock.  Adding four dimensionals gives it dimension.  For a colorful daisy, I used a combination of Petal Pink, Soft Seam Foam, and Whisper White.  The daisy punch makes it super simple to create a nice "happy" flower.  I added a glue dot and adhered them together.  Added a dimensional to the backside to give the daisy dimension.  I had some glitter enamels in my stash and added to the center of the flower after punching out a 1/2" circle in Petal Pink.
I stamped the sentiment in Pear Pizzazz and punched it out with the Classic Label punch and adhered directly to the oval.  
I was able to make 14 cards in 90 minutes.  Punches and simple die cutting make it easy.
Here is a list of supplies below that I used to create this card.
I hope you have a happy Easter and able to spend with family and/or friends.
Have a crafty day!

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