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 or leave a comment below.  
Happy stamping and creating today,
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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

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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.


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

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

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Stamp Retreat Cards

Here is a quick blog post to show you the cards we will be making this weekend at my Stamp Retreat.  I enjoy getting together with friends and new stampers to share the love of paper crafting.  

Stamp Retreat is a two day event that I host at my home.  Each day we create 8 cards; 4 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon.  We take a break to enjoy a potluck luncheon each day.  The weather is a bit iffy so I'm not sure if we will be able to enjoy smores over a camp fire in the evening time, but I sure hope so.

This is my first event with our new product from the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.
I try to make my card projects fun to make that any level of paper crafter can complete.  I always show a new technique or a different way of using a punch or just cutting your Designer Series Paper.

Have you noticed lately that I am taking pictures of my cards outside?  Nature makes for a great backdrop.  Notice the phlox just above the birthday card?

Petal Promenade Designer Series paper is beautiful!  Have you discovered it yet?  You sure will want to stock up during the month of July as there will be a special being announced real soon!

This is a card where I show you that stamping on your Designer Series Paper works just as well as stamping on Whisper White or Very Vanilla card stock.

Petal Palette has always been on my wish list and I am really excited that the set carried over from last seasons catalog.  

Enjoy Life stamp is a new set this year.  Beautiful fonts for the sentiment don't you think?

Daisy Delight is also another set that carried over.  With this card, I cut the card base 8 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4.  Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper is cut 2 x 4 so you can get many cards out of one sheet of paper!  The card still fits very nicely in our Whisper White Medium Envelopes.

Painted Glass is so striking!  I used Blends to color in the Vellum; Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, and Daffodil Delight are the colors here.

I hope you enjoyed viewing my blog today and I provided you a bit of inspiration.

If you are local to where I live, I do have a few seats left on Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24.  You are welcome to join us.

My entry way makes for a great photo opportunity.  Geraniums in the back add a bit of color.

Rooted in Nature is one of my favorite sets.  We have so many pine trees where I live.  The card with the sunset reminds me of the pretty sunsets we have here.

Enjoy your day, and don't forget to stamp and create today.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Dandelion Wishes and Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper

Have you ever tried stamping onto Pretty Paper instead of Whisper White or Very Vanilla card stock?  It's easy to do if you have a pattern that is lighter in shade and a more neutral pattern like the marble pattern in in Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper.
Here are the supplies I used to create this card:

Smokey Slate cut 5 ½ x 8 ½, scored at 2 1/8, 4 ¼
Basic Gray panel cut 3 ¾ x 5
Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper cut 3 5/8 x 4 7/8
Whisper White cut 4 x 5 ¼ for inside panel
Basic Gray and Blushing Bride scraps

Inks:      Smokey Slate, Blushing Bride
Punch:  Everyday Label
Embellishment:  Petal Pink Rhinestone Gems, Wink of Stella

I used a sponge dauber to add a bit of Blushing Bride to each Dandelion and then finished off with some Wink of Stella!

I sure do love how this card turned out.  The font style that is incorporated into the Dandelion Wishes stamp set is so pretty.  The curves and swooshes make the sentiments very appealing.  This stamp set is a must have for all levels of stamping. Petal Promenade Designer Series paper is another paper that you will not want to cut into, but, I challenge you to do so!  It's elegant, the colors coordinate nicely, and it's just plain beautiful.

The Petal Pink Rhinestone Gems also works well with this card.

Here is my video showing you how to create this card.

I hope you like today's card.  For more stamping inspiration, follow me on Facebook at

Happy stamping and creating!  ~Karen~

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