Friday, January 31, 2014

Year of the Horse

Gong Xi Fa Cai!  Happy Chinese New Year!  It's the Year of the Horse.  People born in the year of the horse tend to be astute, fashionable and brimming with self-confidence. However, they also like to show-off, can be self-centered and are always at risk of falling in love too easily.  It wouldn't be Chinese New Year without fireworks and fire-crackers. Traditionally they are set off on New Year's Eve in order to bid farewell to the old year and usher in the new.

Here's the card I made for my mother this year:

Stamp Set: Ancient Asia
Cardstock: Basic Black, Brushed Gold, Poppy Parade, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Big Shot, Lattice embossing folder, Lattice Bigz die, Circle Collection framelits, gold embossing powder

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Weekly Deals for the Week and New Products

The weather's been so bad that the kids have had 4 days off this month due to extreme weather conditions.  Yesterday I got a robocall informing me that school will be in session today.  They were looking forward to seeing my child.  That's a first - a call that there would be school!

Weekly deals:

Wisteria Wonder Classic Stampin' Pad
Item # 126985

Regular Price: $5.95 US/$7.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.46 US/$5.44 CAN

Daffodil Delight 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon
Item # 125583

Regular Price: $6.95 US/$9.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.21 US/$7.13 CAN

Labels Collection Framelits Die
Item # 125598

Regular Price: $26.95 US/$32.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $20.21 US/$24.71 CAN

Flower Garden Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 123113
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN

Pool Party Classic Pad Item #126982
Regular Price: $5.95 US/$7.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.46 US/$5.44 CAN

Pear Pizzazz 3/4" Chevron Ribbon
Item # 130011

Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.38 CAN

Winter Wonders Kit Item # 132567
Regular Price: $9.95 US/$10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.97 US/$6.57 CAN

Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit:

With the Hip Hip Hooray card kit you get everything (no sissors) you need to create 20 beautiful cards; all for just $19.95.  To see the flyer and samples, click here: Hip Hip Hooray

Textured Boutique Embossing Machine:

Item 132657 for $29.95.
It's embossing made easy. Texture Boutique is the perfect, portable tool to create embossed cards, tags, embellishments, and more. Use it with our Stampin' Up! exclusive Textured Impressions Embossing Folders.  See the flyer

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

It's Sale-A-Bration Time!!!

Greetings from Chiberia!  The only thing keeping this stamper warm is the biggest sales event of the year  Sale-A-Bration!


From now through March 31, 2014, you can enjoy the Sale-A-Bration (SAB) promotion.  For every $50 (before tax & shipping) you spend on product, you get one free Sale-A-Bration gift.  Check out the Sale-A-Bration mini catalog by clicking here  There lots of product bundles so you can save even more.

Have a party and get hostess benefits.  $150 in product purchased is the minimum amount to earn benefits.  With SAB, at the $300 level get $30 more in benefits.  Check out the hostess chart:


Ever think about having your own home-based business?  Join Stampin' Up! during SAB and get more for your starting your business.  Contact me to join.


The Whole Lot of Love promotion has ended, but there are still some products in stock.  They are available until 11:59 pm (MT) on February 14, 2014 or while supplies last.
  • 131850: Love You More stamp set (wood-mount)
  • 131853: Love You More stamp set (clear-mount)
  • 134611: Follow My Heart stamp set (wood-mount)
  • 134617: Flowerfull Heart stamp
  • Toujours + d'amour stamp set
  • 134610: Sweetheart treat bags
  • 132162: Monster Hugs Boy
  • 132163: Monster Hugs Girl
  • 134609: Sweet Sayings cards and envelopes

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Wild About Riley!

Little Riley's birthday is January 26th.  Auntie Karen made her an animal filmstrip card:

Stamp Set: Wild About You
Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla and Christmas Cocoa dsp
Ink: Garden Green, Night of Navy, Rose Red, So Saffron
Accessories: Modern label punch and spiral punch

One more day until Sale-A-Bration!  Are you counting down to the biggest Stampin' Up! promotion of the year!

Happy Birthday, McKenzie!

Today is my niece, McKenzie's birthday.  She grew up raising steer for extra spending money.  I can still remember her being so small bossing a huge beast around!  I showcased her card a few days ago.  Kenz loves the color green.  Here's the one she got last year:

Stamp set: Horse Frontier
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Crumb Cake, Whisper White and Certainly Celery patterned dsp
Ink: Crumb Cake
Accessories: Big Shot, Soft Subtle boutique buttons, Labels 5 Spellbinder Nestability

Friday, January 24, 2014

Happy Birthday, William!

January 23rd is another family birthday, little William Pierce.  He loves horses and tractors.

Stamp Set: Harvest Blessings
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Naturals White, Treehouse dsp
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Big Shot, Ovals Collection framelits, sponge

Happy Birthday, Robin!

Today is my sister-in-law, Robin's, birthday.  I posted her card earlier this week.  This is the card she got last year:

The Whole Lot of Love promotion is booming.  The Follow My Heart clear-mount stamp set has sold out.  Don't fret!  It's still available in wood-mount. This promotion is only available while supplies last.  So, order soon!  If you want to see the flyer or see stamped images.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

SCS Sketch Challenge 472

I'm a little late posting today.  I wanted to complete this week's Splitcoast sketch challenge.

Here's the sketch:

Here's my version:

Stamps: Bareback
Cardstock: Really Rust, Close to Cocoa, Shadow Sage, Very Vanilla and Outlaw dsp
Ink: Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Big Shot, Circle Collections framelits, small star punch, sponge, dimensionals

The card was designed for some January birthdays.  These family members are in ranching so I went with a Western theme.  Most of the supplies are retired Stampin' Up.  The sketch show a ribbon with a bowtie, but I'm trying to keep the card mailable so I went with a flat ribbon and the small star punch out.  I used my fingernails to distress the edges of the circles and sponged them with the Close to Cocoa ink.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Weekly Deals

We hope you enjoy this week's Weekly Deals!

Stampin' Write Marker New Color Kit
Item # 130034

Regular Price: $28.95 US/$37.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $21.71 US/$28.46 CAN

Extra Large Oval Punch Item #119859
Regular Price: $16.95 US/$22.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $12.71 US/$17.21 CAN

Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons
Item # 127555

Regular Price: $5.95 US/$7.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.46 US/$5.96 CAN

Shaker Frames Item # 124155
Regular Price: $4.95 US/$5.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.71 US/$4.46 CAN

Scallop Trim Border Punch Item # 118402
Regular Price: $15.95 US/$20.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $11.96 US/$15.71 CAN

Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape Item # 131269
Regular Price: $4.95 US/$6.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.71 US.$4.88 CAN

Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Pad
Item # 131172

Regular Price: $5.95 US/$7.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.46 US/$5.44 CAN

Reasons I Heart You Swatchbook Template
Item # 129013

Regular Price: $12.95 US/$13.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $7.77 US/$8.37 CAN

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sew, It's Your Birthday!

I made this card for a sister-in-law that's loves to sew.

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Twitterpated dsp
Ink: Blushing Bride, Soft Suede
Accessories: Big Shot, Measuring Tape embossing folder, Apothecary Accents framelits, Dress Up framelits, 3/8" Island Indigo ruffled ribbon, sponge, dimensionals

I sponged Soft Suede ink over the layer that was embossed with the measuring tape folder.  To soften to edges of the Apothecary framelit, it was sponged with Blushing Bride ink.  I think Robin will enjoy the dress form and measuring tape that creates her birthday sewing card.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Sketch Challenge 471

Here's this week's version of the Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge:

And here's my Valentine version:

Stamp Set: P.S. I Love You, Hearts A Flutter, Holidays & Wishes
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Primrose Petals, Whisper White
Ink: Blushing Bride, Primrose Petals
Accessories: Big Shot, Circles Collection framelits, Hearts A Flutter framelits, chevron border punch, 1/2" Blushing Bride stitched poly ribbon, dimensionals

I used the punched out arrows from the chevron border punch to decorate the inside of the card to carry on the arrows pointing to the right.

Coming Soon -- Blendabilities

Last week, Stampin' Up hosted a leadership conference in Houston.  One of the big announcement was a new product: Blendabilities.  They are alcohol based markers.  Here's a picture of colors that were released for the preview:

Here's the scoop. . . 

They will come in packs of three for $11.95
  • There will also be a group of skin toned markers and one is like an eraser!
  • We will also have a new Memento Black ink pad which is perfect for alcohol based markers.  You are going to love it!
  • They will be available some time in first quarter of this year
  • We may get more colors if the response is positive.
  • Stampin' Write markers will continue to be in our catalog.
Of course, I'll post more information on this great new product as soon as it's available to everyone!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Weekly Deals


We hope you enjoy this week's Weekly Deals!

Neutrals Core'dinations Item # 129956
Regular Price: $23.95 US/$29.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $17.96 US/$22.46 CAN
Basic Black 3/4" Chevron Ribbon
Item # 130010

Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.38 CAN
Framed Tulips Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item #121809
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN
Chalk Talk Framelit Dies Item # 129983
Regular Price: $24.95 US/$30.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $18.71 US/$23.21 CAN
Calypso Coral Classic Pad Item # 126983
Regular Price: $5.95 US/$7.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.46 US/$5.44 CAN
Alphabet Press Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item #130916
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: 5.96 US/$7.46 CAN
Note Card Envelopes Item # 131528
Regular Price: $5.50 US/$6.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.13 US/$5.21 CAN
Storytime Ensemble Item # 127195
Regular Price: $19.95 US/$21.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $11.97 US/$13.17 CAN

Friday, January 10, 2014

Sign Up for Paper Pumpkin - Get Free Markers

Dates: January 11-February 10, 2014

The Details:
New Paper Pumpkin subscribers who sign up at between January 11 and February 10, 2014, will receive a FREE set of 2012-2014 In Color Stampin' Write Markers -a $14.95  value-with their Welcome Kit.  Just list me, Karen Christensen, as your Stampin' Up demonstrator.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Sketch Challenge 470

Here is the sketch for this week's challenge:

Here's my version:

Stamp Set: Sailing Away, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock: Whisper White, Not Quite Navy, Nautical Expedition dsp
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Big Shot, Ovals Collections Framelits

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Weekly Deals

Yesterday's temperatures were a new record for lowest high temp in our area -17 and the wind chill got to -48.  Today will be just a tad warmer, 3 degrees with wind chill in the mid -30's.

Time to warm up with new weekly deals:

Borders Scoring Plate Simply Scored
Item # 126192

Regular Price $14.95 US/$19.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $11.21 US/$14.96 CAN

Classic Pad Soft Sky Item #131181
Regular Price: $5.95 US/$7.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.46 US/$5.44 CAN

Finishing Touches Edgelit Die
Item # 127010

Regular Price: $9.95 US/$11.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $7.46 US/$8.96 CAN 

Houndstooth Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die Item # 123134
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN

Marina Mist 3/4" Chevron Ribbon
Item # 130016

Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.38 CAN

Envelope Liners Framelits Item # 132172
Regular Price: $26.95 US/$32.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $20.21 US/$24.71 CAN

Frosty Day II Digital Download Kit
Item # 128875

Regular Price: $9.95 US/$10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.97 US/6.57 CAN