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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Happy Harvest Blessings; A Quick and Simple Card to Create


When I think of Thanksgiving colors, yellow, red, and orange come to mind.  Take a look at the Country Lane Designer Series paper.  Mint Macaron, Blackberry Bliss, and Crushed Curry.  Three of my favorite Stampin' Up! colors but not your typical Thanksgiving / Fall Harvest colors.
The card I created for you is pretty simple.  Just a few layers, embossing, and coloring.  The cardbase is cut 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, scored t 4 1/4.  I added a layer of Black Berry Bliss cardstock 4 x 5 1/4 that was embossed using the Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  What's great about this embossing folder is that both sides of the paper works once you have it embossed.  In my video below, I'll show you the differences.


Once I adhered the cardstock, I then layered a panel of Mint Macaron cut 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 to the Country Lane Designer Series paper that is cut 3 x 4.  Using this dimension, you can make 9 cards out of one sheet of paper.

The strip of Whisper White is cut approximately 5/8" x 3".  I stamped the image from Country Home stamp set using Blackberry Bliss ink.  Adhere the sentiment to the panel.  Add some dimensionals to the backside and adhere to the card front using 1/2" border.  Use the Nature's Twine in Blackberry Bliss to create a bow and add with a glue dot.


For the inside panel, I used a sentiment from Country Home.  This is stamped using Blackberry Bliss ink.  The flower image is from Many Blessings stamp set.  I stamped the flower image using Memento Black.  I colored the image using Stampin Write markers:  Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, and Mint Macaron.  Add a little sparkle with Wink of Stella.


I also like to combine my card theme with my envelope so I stamped the flowers again and colored in the same manner as the inside panel.
Here is my step-by-step video to help you make this card.


Visit my online store to purchase all the products used to make this card at http://inspiredbygram.com/

I hope you have a great day and find time to stamp.
~Karen~

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Gather Together and Give Thanks


Today I am sharing with you one of my Thanksgiving cards we will be making at my upcoming class on October 24th.  I like to use old and new with my cards and projects that I create.  For today's card, I used the Painted Autumn Designer Series paper and the old style of Classic Stampin' Pad, Soft Suede.  There's no need to "not" use that Designer Series paper, even if it's retired!  
My card base is Soft Suede cut 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4.  I then used the Woodland embossing folder and a piece of Cajun Craze card stock cut 4 x 5 1/4 to create the embossed trees.  Adhered this panel to the card base.  Next I cut out three different sized circles using the Stitched Circle Framelits.  These are a must have; I use them all the time (circles, squares, ovals).  The stitching makes a nice added bonus to your card.
Adhere the large circle directly to the Cajun Craze panel, pop up the other two using dimensionals.  I then created the daisy with the Daisy Delight stamp set and Daffodil Delight card stock.  Stamped the image using Mango Melody and Soft Suede.  Use a sponge dauber to add ink to the center of each flower and then the Daily punch to punch out both flowers.  Adhere them together with a glue dot, off-centering so the flower is full.  Adhere the flower directly to the medium sized circle.  Add a large Gold Faceted gem to the center for bling.  The sentiment comes from Painted Harvest, stamped on a stripe of Very Vanilla.  Pop up with dimensionals.
For the inside of the card and the envelope, I used the Daisy Delight stamp.
Here is my video for step-by-step instructions.  As always, if you have questions, please leave a comment.  I enjoy hearing from you.
Have fun stamping and crafting today!
~Karen~
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Monday, September 3, 2018

Hershey Nugget Treats for Craft Fairs or Gift Giving

I'm less than two weeks away from my first Fall Harvest Festival.  One of the items I sell at the Festivals are these Hershey Nugget Treats.  I make three different varieties:  Thanksgiving, Christmas, and All-Occasion.    They are pretty easy to make.  I've created a video below for you to learn how, including how to use the Stamparatus.  I found that stamping two different images from Rooted In Nature Stamp Set in two different ink colors was much easier with the Stamparatus positioning tool.
This image shows the tag I created using the Stamparatus and Ink Spots
(Shaded Spruce and Soft Suede).
Here is my video to show you how to create these using the Stamparatus.
I also was able to use my Grandmothers ribbon, which I used to tie the tag to the bag.  I enjoy being able to work with her ribbon; I feel her presence in the room with me while crafting. 

Here are my Christmas treats.  I use about seven different sentiments so customers have a selection to chose from.



Here is the Natures Poem Designer Series Paper.  I had a bunch of scraps left over from creating my Junior Composition Notebooks along with the Mini Composition Notebooks.  Both notebooks have videos on my Youtube channel if you want to check them out.


Here are the All Occasion treats.  These are great for Birthdays or general gift giving along with table favors as well.


Thanksgiving treats are below.  

If you have any questions on how to make them, let me know.  Please send me an email at inspiredbygram@gmail.com or leave a comment below.  
Happy stamping and creating today,
Karen
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Saturday, August 25, 2018


Happy Weekend!  I'm finally back to my blog after a bit of a vacation.  
Today I bring you these sweet 3x3 note cards and matching envelopes.  Last year I offered these for sale at my craft fairs and they sold pretty well so I decided to make a big batch.  I find mass producing is much easier than a little at a time.  I made over 62 packs of cards with coordinating envelopes.   I also used my grandmothers crochet thread to band them up and tie a cute bow.  The note cards and envelopes make great gifts anytime of the year or just a random "leave something on your co-workers desk" for a nice surprise.


The paper dimensions are quite simple.  I used a piece of Very Vanilla cut 3 x 6 and scored at 3.  Calypso Coral cardstock was cut 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 and the Tea Room Specialty Designer Series Paper cut 2 1/2 x 2 1/2.  


The envelope was created with the Envelope Punch Board using the reverse side of the Tea Room Designer Series paper.  The paper is cut 5 1/4 x 5 1/4.  If you do not have the Envelope Punch Board, put it on  your wish list.  There are so many projects you can make with it; not just envelopes.


The ink is Calypso Coral and the sentiment is from Beautiful You stamp set.
I used the Extra Large Oval Punch along with the 1 3/4 x 7/8 oval punch.  Even though these punches are retired, I will always use them for mass producing projects.  Another option for the focal point could be circle punches, layering framelits like the ovals, squares or circles.  We have plenty of options.  The coordinating cardstock used is Calypso coral.

Here is my video to help you create these sweet note cards.


I hope I inspired you to create today.  If you are a beginner papercrafter, this is the perfect project to begin with.  Have a great day, and stamp today!  -Karen

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Junior Composition Books for Craft Fairs and Gifts Using Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper

I have said this multiple times, Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper is one of my favorites out of the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog from Stampin' Up!  However, I was struggling as to how I would use the Blackberry Bliss/Cajun Craze leaf paper. I knew I wasn't going to use it on cards but how could I use it and make it striking?  Living in Vermont, I really haven't seen many colors like this.  Mostly orange, red, yellow, and green; especially during the Fall Season.
I purchased some junior composition books awhile back.  They measure 7 x 5 inches and it's a size that I have never seen.  So I decided to wing it and use some of the embellishments from the Nature's Poem Suite.  I really like how they turned out! 
 I really liked the sentiment from Enjoy Life stamp set.  Thought it tied into Nature theme I was looking for.  
Here is my video to show you how I created these and a link to another video to show you how you can make a smaller version without covering the spine using Nature's Poem.  

The inside of the composition books are also covered in Nature's Poem.  You can use the coordinating side or keep it all the same.  
I would enjoy seeing what you make.  Leave me a comment below and I'll be sure to take a peek.
Thanks for following along and reading my blog today.  Products used in this post may be purchased on my online store at https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/products/11011/nature-s-poem




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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Bonus Days Are Back!


Bonus Days are Back!

Would you like a $5 Coupon from Stampin' Up!   When you order $50 or more in product during the month of August, you will receive a coupon.  $50 equals 1 coupon, $100 equals 2 coupons, $150 equals 3 coupons and so on.  There are no limits on how much you can save.

You will get to redeem your $5 coupons when you order in September, just in time for the upcoming Holiday Catalog!

Important Coupon Notice:  You will receive an email from Stampin Up! with your special Bonus Days $5 coupon codes AFTER finalizing your order.  You need to keep that email and redeem your codes in September. 

August Hostess Code Information

Another great offer for you is when you are placing your order on my online store, use my Hostess Code.  Orders of $50 in product or more will receive a package of Gold Faceted Gems for FREE!  If your product order is more than $150, do not use the hostess code but please make sure you check the box so I can see your contact information. If you do not check this box, I will be unable to send you the Gold Faceted Gems.  My August Hostess Code is 9BZBF3QX and my online store may be accessed by clicking here.


I hope you take advantage and stock up on those coupons and enjoy a free give from me!  Enjoy stamping and crafting today!  -Karen




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Friday, June 29, 2018

Free Stampin’ Up! Ink Pads Promotion Starting July 1-31, 2018



I wanted to let you know about a promotion that Stamapin' UP! will be offering between July 1-31, 2018.

Whether you want to join as a hobbiest to enjoy the discounts or become a full-time demonstrator, the choice is yours.  I would like to say I’m kinda in between; still a hobbiest but would enjoy working as a full-time demonstrator for Stampin’ Up!  Papercrafting has become a passion of mine and I enjoy teaching new skills, making new friends, and stamping with beginners to experts.  

Here is the promotion!

Free Stampin’ Up! Ink Pads Promotion Starting July 1-31, 2018

Purchase the $99. Stampin' Up! Starter Kit from July 1- 31, 2018, and you can select for FREE your choice of one of the color collections that features 10 ink pads (value $67.50).

Stampin' Up!'s Demonstrator Starter Kit is completely customizable!  Build your Starter Kit your way!

For just $99, you get:
· Your choice of up to $125 worth of any current Stampin' Up! products!
· business supply pack valued at $50!
· From July 1 - 31, 2018, your Color Collection Choice of ink pads. Each Stampin’ Pad Family is an assortment of 10 coordinating ink pads from one of the following color collections: Brights, Neutrals, Regals, Subtles, and 2017–2020 In Colors. (value $67.50)

That's a total value of $242.50! PLUS your kit ships FREE for an additional savings of $25.00
Here are the colors collections to choose from for your FREE Ink Pads.

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How do you join Karen’s Team?

This offer is from July 1-31, 2018 only so in the meantime, get out your Stampin’ Up! catalog, highlighter, post-it notes, and start making your list of products you would like to order.

Once July 1, 2018 is here, it’s easy as 1, 2, 3!

Click on this link here to bring you to my website http://inspiredbygram.com/

Then at the top you will click on “Join The Fun” at the top menu.

After that, just follow along, read and agree to the Independent Demonstrator Agreement, and then purchase your Starter Kit!  The website will prompt you along your way.
 
Over four years ago, I joined just to take take advantage of the discounts.  I now enjoy teaching others to create cards, journals, new techniques, and spending a few weekends a year at my Stamp Retreats with fellow papercrafters like you.

As always, if you have questions, please give me a ring or email me at inspiredbygram@gmail.com

Karen
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