Need a Last Minute Valentine’s Card?

Its time for the minimalist approach to card making. Just take a heart punch, some Washi Tape – and a stamp set like Groovy Love (or skip the stamp set altogether and just punch a heart).

handmade Valentine card

Now, that was a quick and says Valentine card for sure!

And, with that, have a happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you get to spend it with someone you love.

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How to Make Clothes for Bear Hugs!

Some people have asked how I made the little pants for baby bear from the Bear Hugs stamp set.

handmade card with bear hugs

Now, this is a trip down memory lane, but did you ever make paper dolls out of the Sears and Penney’s catalogs when you were young? Of course, you young readers won’t even remember when getting catalogs in the mail was a really big deal!!! Way before online shopping …

In the video below I will share that same technique from many years ago – along with how I split the card stock to get that soft, worn, corduroy look … but first, I wanted to share this 48 second video about my FREE Class-to-Go this month – since it features the Bear Hug Bundle. (Right below that is the clothing video – now, thats an odd thing for me to say since I have no fashion sense at all!)

If you missed the other two cards I made honoring children’s literature, just click here.

  • The Bear Hugs Bundle is the theme of my February Class to Go. Read about it and how to get it FREE here.

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Anna’s Card Kits for Tea Time!

Anna has a brand new set of cards – and, with this winter weather, we are all ready for Tea Time (or coffee or hot cocoa)!

Each Tea Time Card Kit comes with three different cards for $5. All you need is adhesive to assemble them – Anna has done the rest of the work. (And 100% of the proceeds go to charity – keep reading!)

The first card is the tea pot.

A Nice Cuppa stamp set

Next is the tea cup.

Handmade Teacup Card

And then the two mugs!

Anna's Card Kits

Watch Anna Create Her Card Kits

All of the money Anna receives for her Card Kits for February and March are going to Breast Cancer Research.

One month after I started mentoring Anna, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. In honor of my journey, she is donating all of the proceeds for the next two months to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

set of 3 tea cards

To see all of Anna’s Card Kits, click here.

To order, email me at

What a Win/Win/Win project!

  1. You get three beautiful cards (or a wonderful $5 gift to give) while
  2. supporting this young entrepreneur with Downs while
  3. supporting Breast Cancer Research!!!                                                                        *** Please help by sharing this post on Facebook! Thanks.

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Storybook Time for Bear Hugs!

When I first saw this Bear Hugs stamp set, I  knew I wanted to make greetings cards honoring some of our favorite children’s books! Play along and see if you recognize these.

We will start with an obvious one:

storybook cards

Did you see Goldilocks & the Three Bears? Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear are all found in this cute set with so many accessories!

bear hugs handmde card

Are you a fan of Dr Suess like we are? One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish …. as the saying goes …. if I had a dime for every time I read that ….

handmade card with bear hugs

This one might be a bit of a stretch, but that cute little Corduroy Bear has lost his button – and he keeps looking in all the wrong places, like the mattress pad!

What a favorite story this was when my five kids were small.

These cards would, of course, be fun to make and include with a gift of the coordinating book, or to give to a kid who loves one of these books … but they would also be fun to give to anyone as a nostalgic look back at our childhoods!

Just a Minute Handmade Cards to Honor Children’s Books

Do you have some other Children’s Book Titles in mind that would work with the stamp set?

*** Remember, this Bear Hugs stamp set is the stamp set featured in FREE February Class in the Mail!!! Read about the Class to Go here.


Mini Treat Bag on Sale for Valentine’s Day!

Fun things on the Weekly Deals! Check out the sample cards and projects below!


The Mini Treat Bags – just in time for Valentine’s Day gifts! Directions can be found here.

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The Snow Friends Framelits – certainly fits our weather in Minnesota today! This is one of Anna’s Card Kit cards – all funds go to charity. Read more about her work here.

anna's card kits

Crazy About You – so many words for so many occasions! See the original post here.

stampin up dies

Decorative Label Punch. I have never met a Stampin’ Up! Punch that I haven’t loved and used frequently!

…. and, remember, when you order through my online store with host code

YH2TY9YD a minimum $40 order, you will get my FREE Class in the Mail! Five cards all with PDFs. Read more about it here.


February Class in the Mail: Bear Hugs!

Would you like, delivered FREE to your door, five cards? One is a Fun Fold, one includes a Watercolor Tutorial … all using the Bear Hugs stamp set?

Here is a sneak peek of some of them:

Class in the Mail

Even if you don’t have this stamp set, you will love the cards. Two come completely finished and three come as card kits – and you can easily substitute a different stamp set.

This is one of the completed cards you will receive:

Bear Hugs stamp set

To see the directions for this card – plus a video tutorial that I just added today – click here.

Whether you make cards for kids, for men, for birthdays, for Father’s Day or Mother’s Day, or Valentines … Bear Hugs is perfect for you!

So … how do you get the free cards & PDFs?

Just place a minimum $40 order using host code YH2TY9YD through my online store this month! (If your order is $150 or more, though, you are your own host – so don’t use the code!)

That’s it – no commitment. But … if you do this six months in a row you get rewarded with a FREE stamp set! (up to $25 value. You keep track of it – just let me know when you have achieved that)

  • Questions? Email me or call me at 612-929-1277!
  • If your order is $100 or more – consider buying the Starter Kit instead! You get to choose $155 of product for only $99 – and FREE Shipping on that! Interested? Email me or call me at 612-929-1277!

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Quick & Easy Technique Card with Rose Wonder

Oh … by the way … there are only 2 days left to get your 5 FREE Rose Wonder Cards in the Mail! Read about it here.

The Rose Garden Thinlits are perfect for this lovely sponged technique.

sponging technique on handmade card

To make the mask, run a piece of scrap card stock through the Big Shot with the Rose Garden Thinlits.

Pop out the inner pieces, then lay the Rose Garden shape along with the outside frame right on top of your card.

rose garden thinlits stampin up

Sponge away with whatever colors you choose. I used both Watermelon Wonder and Melon Mambo ink pads for the flower and Wild Wasabi and Old Olive ink pads for the leaves.

sponging tutorial for greeting cards

Finish off the card with words or other accents and it is finished!!!

(This is a bonus card tutorial – not one of the five in the class!)

Just a Minute Stamping Technique of Sponging with Rose Garden Thinlits

Be sure to click here to get your FREE Class in the Mail and to get the host code for this month.

Then enjoy creating with the beautiful Rose Wonder Bundle!

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Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop – Love is in the Air!

Mediterranean Blog Hop

Welcome to the Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop. The theme is “love is in the air”. My thoughts went immediately to this cute bear from the Bear Hugs stamp set holding this heart in his hand.

Bear Hugs stamp set
Every day is a sunny day when you get a gift of love! The fence is made from the Farmer’s Market Designer Series Paper. For the notches on the top of the fence, I used the Tree Punch.

make a fence with the Tree Punch
Because the bear’s arm is folded over, you need to stamp both sides of the bear. You can certainly use the Stamp-a-ma-jig for this, if you prefer, but I found this bear easy to do just eye-balling it. (Maybe that says I’m not a perfectionist – but – I have worked a long time to get over that!!! Perfectionism can be the enemy of completion … but that’s a story for another day….) Back to the bear!

After stamping and cutting out with the Framelit, just turn him over and stamp the other side. Add the lovely bright sun from the Over the Rainbow stamp set and assemble.

Just a Minute Stamping Tip with Bear Hugs!

Now … who are you giving your heart of love to?


The full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects. At the moment you are visiting Karen Titus. 

Thanks for visiting and be sure to check out the rest of the links here.


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Number of Years with SU! – is it really 20?

I received the most amazing gift yesterday from Sue Nurnberger made with the Envelope Liners Thinlits, the Number of Years Stamp Set, and the Love Blossoms Paper Stack!

handmade paper gift bag

Sue is my upline in Stampin’ Up! and she gave this to me to celebrate my 20th anniversary as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator! Sue is one of those truly talented people who come with the best ideas ever! I will treasure this gift forever!

handmade gift idea

This is the gift bag itself. I will get to the directions in “just a minute” (have your heard me say that before?) … but first, please indulge me while I reflect a bit on these past 20 years.

You know how some decisions in your life end up being life changing? Being a demonstrator ranks close to the top of my list on best decisions ever. (Of course, marrying Tim was #1!)

The friendships I have made, both with fellow demonstrators and with customers, have enriched my life beyond measure. Attending conventions, stamping together, sharing ideas and life stories …

Getting paid to do what I love to do – priceless.

The travel perks – before SU!, vacation to me meant 5 kids and a tent. We had an old station wagon with the rear facing back seat (who remembers those?) to fit our family of 7 … with a wheelchair strapped on the top of the car next to the car top carrier … and garbage bags filled with our clothes and camping supplies tucked everywhere inside of the car.

While I have many fond memories of those camping days – the reality was – it was fun but also a lot of work!

Now – think of going on a cruise with everything paid for – being pampered with pillow gifts and the biggest decision of the day being what to eat and where …

Our first cruise was just amazing – we had no idea people actually traveled like that … and then, at the end of the trip, we could just look at each other and say “just think  – we will do this again next year!”

If any of the things I have touched on have sparked a bit of curiosity in you, please email me or call me. (612-929-1277) I would love to chat with you – and I would love to have you share in this treasure of becoming a demonstrator – whether its just to get a discount on your own purchases, or to be a part of this amazing community, or to build a business.

We each get to choose what we want to do with this, and whether this is for a short season of your life – or a long one like for me – I would love to share this time with you!

Now … back to the project!

Gift Bag made from Envelope Liners

At our Minnesota Leaders Get-together meeting yesterday, Sue taught us how to make these bags in a smaller size.

handmade gift idea

Inside is a cute little gift tag made with the Scalloped Topper Punch and the Party Wishes Stamp Set.

gift tag and holder

In her gift to me, she used the largest size Envelope Liner and for this cute little project, we used the smallest size.

small handmade gift bag
Cut out two pieces of Its My Party Designer Series Paper Stack with the Envelope Liner.

gift bag tutorial


Fold over the top of one of the pieces and attach them using glue dots along the edges. (For the largest size, use the Tear & Tape Adhesive.)

Fill with whatever you want!!!! How easy and fun was that?

Karen Titus

P.S. This is by far the longest post I have ever written – Sue, you put me in a reflective mood! Thank you so very much! And thank you, my readers, for staying until the end! I would love to hear from you.


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The Doodling Stamping Technique with Rose Wonder!

Calling all doodlers – all of us who can’t help but fill in the margins of our notebooks, church bulletins … anything on a page! Use that long-practiced skill on your handmade cards. Check out the doodling on this Rose Wonder stamped card.

Rose Wonder Stamp Set


Isn’t that fun? By the way, this technique is also known as Zentangle Art … but since I have always been a doodler, I will stick with that.

Zentangle Art Made Easy
I left this card black and white with just a touch of glimmer. To make doodle art, you just choose one space at a time and fill in with a pattern of doodles. Each section can have a unique pattern or you can repeat patterns – there really aren’t any rules in the art of doodling! If you would like a closer up look, I even recorded a quick video tutorial – just 53 seconds long!

Just a Minute: Zentangle Art with Rose Wonder

Doesn’t that just make you want to get your doodling on? What stamps will you use? …. and, remember … there are only 9 more days to get your 5 FREE Rose Wonder Cards in the Mail from me!!!

Click here to find out more!

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Honeycomb Happiness Sweet Chickie!

This adorable chickie from Honeycomb Happiness has a Valentine message for you: “You’re so sweet”!

handmade valentine card

This is one of the twelve cards we will be making at the Minnesota Card Extravaganza this Saturday. (There is still room for you – get the details here.)

Use this as a Valentine Card or Thank You Card or a Thinking of You card! As card makers, don’t we love all the possibilities???

This chick is perfect for watercoloring, but today I used the Paper Piecing technique. I stamped it on a separate piece of Card Stock, cut out the body and layered it the card so now only the feet show from the first stamping.

The cute Rose Red DSP is from the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack. The hearts are made with Stampin’ Up! punches.

So … have you planned out your Valentines cards yet? This cute Honeycomb Happiness set is one of the FREE Sale-a-bration Choices! (Choose one item free with every $50 in orders.)

—- and when you order (minimum $40 order) through my online store, you automatically get my Class to Go FREE! See what you get this month by clicking here(Don’t check the “do not contact” box – if you do, I won’t have your information and I can’t mail it to you!)


The Host Code for Online Orders this month is RV4DBQN4 (Of course, if your order is $150 or more, you are your own host and don’t need the code!)

*** and, if you order is $100 or more, let’s talk! You might want to purchase the starter kit ($155 of product for $99) and join the Fine Line instead. Email me or call me at 612-929-1277!


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Bear Hugs Valentine Card!

Whether is baby cards, birthday cards, Mothers or Fathers Day cards, Valentines cards … this Bear Hugs stamp set covers it!

Bear Hugs Valentine Card

I called today’s card a Valentine Card, but it could be for any occasion – or no occasion at all – whenever you want to tell someone you love them!

Isn’t the baby bear adorable? For this clean and simple card, I used Wisteria Wonder instead of the typical red or pink for the heart. That is one of the colors in the Have a Cuppa Designer Paper Stack and I think it gives a fresh look.

For inspiration today, I used this Sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.

card sketch

So … what occasion will you use Bear Hugs for?


Did you know…

the Host Code for Online Orders this month is RV4DBQN4 (Of course, if your order is $150 or more, you are your own host and don’t need the code!)

*** and, if you order is $100 or more, let’s talk! You might want to purchase the starter kit ($155 of product for $99) and join the Fine Line instead. Email me or call me at 612-929-1277!

When you place a minimum $40 order in my online store, you will automatically receive the Class to Go for the month – 5 cards and PDFs all using the same stamp set. This month it is the Wonder Rose stamp set & coordinating Rose Garden Thinlits.Read more about it here. (Don’t check the “do not contact” box – if you do, I won’t have your information and I can’t mail it to you!)



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The Sky is the Limit in this Card Parade!

It so-o-o cold here today – let’s pretend we can fly away to somewhere nice and warm. Where will you fly to? At least, we can enjoy this Card Parade with the Sky is the Limit! (First – see the new Weekly Deals on the side panel – any day Washi Tape goes on sale is a good day to me!)

masculine card ideas

The Sky’s the Limit is one of the FREE choices for Sale-a-bration! You can choose it FREE with a $50 order – but hurry, this stamp set is only available until February 15!

These cards are some of my favorites from Card Swaps I have done recently. (Card swaps are one of the fun benefits of being a SU! demonstrator. Want some? Let’s talk! 612-929-1277 or email me)
handmade airplane card


Love the stamping on the vellum and the combination of lace and burlap on this card by Candy Michael.


handmade card parade

Becky Edson added the globe from Going Global and the World Traveler Embossing Folder. Great color combination!

card swap cards




This card by Betty Button makes me feel like I’m at an Air Show! Love the multiple airplanes stamped on the Perfectly Artistic DSP.

stamp set the sky is the limit

Notice the vellum propeller Sharon McNeely added to this card!

handmade card for man

Janice Weightman added a button – love the gray and black for a masculine card.

Sky is the Limit card parade

Notice the Perfectly Artistic DSP that is being used on many of these cards! Here it is the blue background.

stamping technique card

Now … for a dramatic sponged look!

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Lynne Anderson used the World Map for this background – Early Espresso on Black. Love the dark look of this!

Wasn’t it fun to see all of these cards in a row? Which is your favorite?

***There will be another Card Parade – with a different stamp set – in my Newsletter this afternoon – so be sure you have signed up in the box on the top right of this page – where its says “I want that”

The Sky is the Limit is a great set for masculine cards for any occasion! And … its FREE with a $50 order – but only until February 15th so don’t delay! Get yours today.


Did you know…

the Host Code for Online Orders this month is RV4DBQN4 (Of course, if your order is $150 or more, you are your own host and don’t need the code!)

*** and, if you order is $100 or more, let’s talk! You might want to purchase the starter kit ($155 of product for $99) and join the Fine Line instead. Email me or call me at 612-929-1277!

When you place a minimum $40 order in my online store, you will automatically receive the Class to Go for the month – 5 cards and PDFs all using the same stamp set. This month it is the Wonder Rose stamp set & coordinating Rose Garden Thinlits. Read more about it here. (Don’t check the “do not contact” box – if you do, I won’t have your information and I can’t mail it to you!)


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Minnesota January Card Extravaganza

Oh the weather outside is frightful …

but the stamping indoors is delightful …

This is one of the dozen cards you will make at the January 23 Card Extravaganza: (there will lots of sample cards and drawings too!)

MN Card Extravaganza

Click on the “Buy Tickets” to read more – it takes you to the event page to find out more information – not right to the tickets page – I don’t know how to change that! If you like what you read, please share with a friend!
Eventbrite - MN Card Extravaganza

So …what if you don’t live in Minnesota?

There are always a couple of daring crafters who purchase the class anyway – I email you photos of the finished cards, but not detailed instructions. (All die cut pieces and punched items are done for you – just not the stamped images.)

You get all of the cards as card kits – and you get to finish them with any stamp sets you have. I call that “the fast path to instant creativity”. You will be surprised at how much fun this is!

  • and, yes, if you prefer, you can order them completed!
  • For either of these two options, add $5 for postage – and email me instead of purchasing your tickets on that link.

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