Which Washi Color is Your Favorite?

Since these Washi Sheets are on sale this week, I’m sharing this card made with three of the sheets. Which color is your favorite?

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All of these are made with the Birthday Bash Washi Sheets and the Birthday Bash Designer Series Paper.


The different shapes for the flowers are created with the Flower Fair Framelits, a set of 11 flower and leaf shapes! The Washi Sheets are great to used with Framelits.

Each flower has a little Candy Dot in the center.

The words are from the Crazy About You stamp set and could say “happy birthday” instead or many other things since there are 30 words and/or phrases in this set!

The finishing touch is the edging which is created with the Essentials Paper Piercing template and the Paper-Piercing Too. You will want to use the Stampin’ Pierce Mat too.

Use this idea with a variety of Framelits and have fun! Remember … the Washi Sheets are on sale this week only!

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Rocking That Extra Chromosome with Anna’s Card Kits!

Anna was featured on this video which was shared by Upworthy! Read their article here.

You will see Anna, greeting card business owner, at the 1:48 mark. Congrats, Anna!

Did you know that Anna donates 100% of the money she receives to charity? So when you order a card kit from her (only $5 for 3 cards with envelopes), that $5 is going to a great cause, such as children’s cancer, heart health, breast cancer and more.

Today I want to highlight a couple of card choices she has available. To see all of the choices and to order, visit her etsy shop here: www.etsy.com/shop/AnnaCardKits

butterflies thinlitsBeautiful butterfly card perfect for Mother’s Day, birthdays, and much more.

Nothing says “spring” more than butterflies!







balloon birthday card


Birthdays are the most common reason most of us send cards, so its always good to have some extras on hand.


These balloons are ready to celebrate those birthdays –

but also think bon voyage cards, graduations, any reason to celebrate!


Anna's Card Kits


Anna comes to my home one day each week to make her card kits.

She works on her own cutting the card stock, using the punches or Big Shot to make the pieces, counting out the accessories needed. Then she packages the cards with envelopes in sets of three and adds a photo of the finished card and her business card.

That is a lot of steps to keep track of – truly a job to be proud of! She is a great worker and we have a good time together.

Today, I encourage you to shop where it makes a difference!

Support Anna in her business and, at the same time, support another cause! Win-Win!

For $5, you get all of the supplies (except the adhesive to put them together) for three cards! (the same card, although colors may vary) Add $2 shipping whether you are ordering one kit or ten. What a deal!

These are great for having on hand when you need a quick card and they also make great gifts!

valentine card and Anna and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts!




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Card Parade with the Weekly Specials!

Lots of goodies on this SU! Weekly Sale! Scroll below to see cards using many of these.

Birthday Bash Designer Washi Sheets  by Stampin' Up!
Price: $9.95 $7.46
Handheld Stapler
Price: $9.95 $7.46
Labels Collection Framelits Die
Price: $26.95 $20.21
Mother's Love Photopolymer Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
Price: $24.95 $18.71
Pansy Punch
Price: $15.95 $11.96
Something Borrowed Embellishments by Stampin' Up!
Price: $6.95 $5.21
Striped Scallop Thinlits Die by Stampin' Up!
Price: $24.95 $18.71
Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies by Stampin' Up!
Price: $24.95 $18.71


and now, enjoy this card parade!

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You will want to try out these Birthday Bash Washi Sheets! You can see more cards I posted with these right here: http://karentitus.com/stamp-easy-with-birthday-bash-washi-sheets/

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Don’t have a  mother? I use this Mother’s Love card for a new mom! What a nice way to congratulate her on her new feelings as a mom. (card by Christine Pierce)

Flower Shop and Petite Petals

The Pansy Punch layers well with the Petite Petals Punch and the Blossom Punches. As you know, I have never met a Stampin’ Punch that I didn’t love!

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Don’t those Label Collection Framelits make a nice centerpiece for a card?

Wondrous wreath stamp set   http://karentitus.com/wondrous-wreath-for-a-wondrous-card/

This card uses the wreath as a Christmas card, but you can enjoy cards for all four season with this wreath!

Have you seen something on this list that caught your eye! You can place your order here and get some fun cards in the mail from me!


Quick & Easy Masculine Cards!

The Adventure Bound Paper Stack is my go-to product for quick and easy guy cards! All you need to add is your words. Today I wanted to share a couple of fun words to go with these cards!

quick & easy guy cardsThese papers have a photo on side and a plaid on the other – right on trend!

Isn’t the stamp #rockyourbirthday from the #hello stamp set perfect for this photographic image of rocks????

guy card ideas

and how about “Wood You Be Mine?” (from the Wood You Be Mine? stamp set)

Both of the cards above used just this Adventure Bound Paper, the words and an accent from the Basics Hodgepodge Clips. Those make great accessories for masculine cards.

stampin up card ideas

This is one of the plaids – love these colors!

This catalog year is running out, so if you love this Paper Stack, be sure to get it now. Because its a paper stack of 48 sheets of 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″, it doesn’t take up much room and is there when you need a quick masculine card for any occasion!

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Top 5 Don’t Miss Stamping Products Today!

Yes … it’s the last day of FREE SHIPPING – and you can order any amount, so even if just one item hits your fancy – go for it!

1. Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit

on the clearance rack for only $9.99 (originally $24.95)

water color christmasI don’t have a photo handy of the cards themselves, but they are really beautiful! You can’t go wrong with a water color look, in my opinion!

Just think – make 20 cards for $9.99 – that means 50 cents a card!!!! Impress your family & friends – and get next year’s cards done early!

With this kit and a few stamps, you’ll be ready to go. Kit makes 20 cards and includes card bases, envelopes, die-cut letters and shapes, linen thread and accents.

2. In Color Inks, Refills, Ribbons, Paper Stacks and Card Stock (2013-2015).

Strawberry Slush and Coastal Cabana – What will I do without you????

As soon as the retiring list comes out (April 21),  they are only available while supplies last. I can’t tell you how many people email me at the last minute wanting a certain refill and I have to tell them they are gone….

Don’t let this happen to you – get them today!

3. Flower Fair, Hearts, and Stars Framelits

all are on the Weekly Deals at 25% off – and adding the FREE SHIPPING makes it about 35% off today!

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4. Send a surprise gift and make someone’s day!

How about a card kit to a grandchild,

an older friend who loves to craft but doesn’t have much room anymore,

a student in college for a much-needed “study break”,

someone recovering from surgery …..

and the list goes on! The free shipping really makes a difference when you want to send an item (or several little items in a “care package”) directly to someone!

5. All the bits and pieces!

Check out the Clearance Rack here, the Embellishments here

You don’t need to think about getting your order to $69 to keep your shipping ($6.95) at 10% so just have fun finding those little items you often wish you had to finish off those cards!

Happy Shopping!!!

** and, of course, if your order through my online store is $30 or more and use Host Code CVCABNZD, you are automatically in the club for this month. Read more about that here.


Stamp Easy with Birthday Bash Washi Sheets!

Ready for some cute, yet quick and easy cards today? I bought the Birthday Bash Washi Sheets and never got around to playing with them until today. (Can you relate?)

birthday bash washi sheetsFirst, I used them with the Flower Fair Thinlits Dies.

The colors in the sheets are Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, and Basic Gray.

The overall look is very soft, even when paired with solid card stock in the same colors.

I used the Stylish Stripes and the Dotted embossing folders to coordinate with the patterns in the flowers.


Flower Fair Dies stampin upAnother flower card, slightly different.

All four cards I am sharing use sentiments from the A Dozen Thoughts stamp set.

(It will cover a dozen occasions – imagine that!)

The background paper on this card is from the Birthday Bash DSP, so, of course, it coordinates nicely!


washi tape birthday card


Next, check out the balloon Framelits Dies.

I love how the balloons overlap and you can see some of the color of the other balloons coming through.

How quick would this be to do for birthday cards?





quick and easy washi tape cards


Even a basic shape like circles with the Circles Collection Framelits are beautiful!

The only other accessory I used on these four cards is the Candy Dots!

Do you want to see how quick and easy this is?

Here is a video tutorial for you:






Stamp Easy with the Birthday Bash Washi Sheets!

I hope I have inspired you to try these – and what better time than now with the FREE SHIPPING? (It ends tomorrow – so don’t delay!)

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Hello You Thinlits – Welcome Back!

Just in time for FREE SHIPPING (through Friday, April 10) – get your Hello You Thinlits Dies either alone or as a bundle with the Crazy about You stamp set.  But wait … there’s more! Keep reading….

stampin up dies

When you order through my online store right here using host code CVCABNZD with a total of $30 before tax (ordering the bundle will do it!) … you are automatically in my club for this month!

What do you get in the club?

1. Five cards! (3 comes as card kits and 2 are completely finished)

2. PDFs for all 5 cards

3. Opportunity to join me for live online stamping as we make the three cards!

(This month, those cards use Moon Lake, but you can substitute other stamp sets for that.)

What is my commitment?

None! See you next month in the club … or not. Your choice.

So enjoy this special opportunity for FREE SHIPPING and I hope to see you in the club! (email me with questions)

and to all my readers,

You Rock!


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New & Improved: Karen’s Online Stamping Club 2.0!

What a fun day to announce this – since SU! is offering FREE SHIPPING for this week!

Yes, I have made some changes to my Online Stamp Club and I would love to have you check it out! (Why? because I would love a chance to get to know you better.)

bunny dancing

1. How do I become a member?

Just place a minimum $30 order (before shipping and tax) in my online store using the current host code and you are automatically in! (Of course, if your order is $150 or more, don’t use the host code since you are the host. You will still be in the club.)

2. What is the time commitment?

None! Join for one month or keep on keeping on….

*If you participate for 6 months in a row,  you get to choose a FREE stamp set (up to a $25 value). This is a good opportunity to get one of the Host sets!

3. What do I receive each month?

Two completed cards and the supplies to make three more cards!!! Plus a live, online stamping time and PDFs for all!

Each month, I choose a stamp set to use for the five different cards. You may use that stamp set or anything else that would fit.

Place your order by the 20th of the month and on the 21st, I mail out all of your supplies, including the 2 completed cards.

On the first Wednesday of the next month, we have a Live Online Stamping time where we make the three cards together – for anyone in the club who is interested.

On the following day, I email the PDFs for all 5 cards to all of the members for the month!

Now through April 20, place your minimum $30 order through my store using host code CVCABNZD. The stamp set I am featuring for this month is Moon Lake, a set that is great for masculine cards! Other supplies we will be using include Work of Art, an Aqua Painter (or a watercolor brush), blender pen, Stazon Black Pad, and a variety of color inks. (I can email you a list if you like, or just use what you already have!)

Questions? Email me!

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Tim Creates Easter Bunny Pancakes!

Tim created this masterpiece for our grandson Hank! 

stamping on the back porch


By the


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On a chilly day last week, the three of us walked over to Wood Lake Nature Center.

wood lake nature center




Playing on the bridge is a big draw there.

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We checked out the bags collecting sap from the maple trees and talked about how we were going to maple syrup at supper time.

bunny pancakes


Since it was close to Easter, Tim decided to make these bunny pancakes!


Hank ate the entire thing and then asked for more…

so Tim served another regular pancake like the ones we were eating, and he said “No, I want another Bunny Pancake!”





The joys of grand parenting!

I hope you are enjoying Holy Week. I will take a break from blogging to be with family for the weekend. See you back here on Monday.  Have a blessed Easter.

Tim and Karen

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It’s Been Great, But It All Ends Today!

Don’t let this happen to you!

saleYes, Sale-a-bration ends today and all of the exclusive FREE Choices in Stamp Sets, Designer Series Paper, and Accessories will be gone forever!

Did you get everything on that list you wanted? Order here today and get a surprise in the mail from me! (Email me if you have questions.)

You can include this week’s specials in that $50 order too! If you don’t have the Magnetic Frame yet, you will want to get it no! Look at all the framelits on sale too!

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But wait … that’s not all! There are new items in the Clearance Rack (added a few days ago) so check those out too!  

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Have I made it easy for you to make a $50 order? I aim to please!!!


Let me review this important blog post in three points:

1. Today is the absolute last, final day of Sale-a-bration – you will never see those items again!

2. The Weekly Deals and the Clearance Rack are full of great items to include in that order!

***3. Order here and receive a surprise gift in the mail!!!

(Email me or call me at 612-929-1277 with questions)

Do this first and then go enjoy this beautiful day!!! Thanks for reading.


Stamping Technique: Sheltering Tree on a Stormy Night!

Do you love learning new stamping techniques? Today, I am welcoming a guest blogger, Jane Kline, to share her techniques in making these beautiful Sheltering Tree cards!

stampin up sheltering tree

Jane brought these cards to my March Card Extravaganza and I fell in love with them.

Now, I am thrilled to share these with you.

Jane has provided a full written tutorial below.








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Sheltering Tree with Hand-created 

Night-time or Stormy Backgrounds

Winter and Spring Blossoming Themes

Products used:

Sheltering Tree stamp set

2 or more 8.5 x 11 inch 110# sheets of white card stock (cs)

Distress ink pads (Ranger): Evergreen Bough, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire

Embossing powders: Zing White Opaque Finish, Zing Chestnut Opaque Finish

Green – soft light (dull, not shiny/opaque finish) and medium opaque finish – vendor unknown (comes in set of small vials, Jo-annes)

Light pink – opaque finish (from Jo-annes)

VersaMark watermark stamp pad

Shimmer Mist – Dazzling Diamonds

Cardstock – any dark brown; white; heavy dark blue shimmer

Adhesive (2-sided or your favorite glue)

Other: Heat gun, paper cutter, large foam pad for under stamps, scorer

Rangers Essential Blending tool and blending pads (a different foam pad for each distress pad color)

Optional – assorted ribbon, shiny bling gems, buttons, etc. in colors coordinating with the selected distress ink and card stock colors.


Directions – Background

  1. Cut each 8 ½ x 11 white cs into 4 A2 pieces, as many as you want, to make full cards or just front card faces to be made into future cards
  1. Using the blending tool and foam pads, one foam pad for each color, start with Evergreen Bough onto the first A2 cs, blending where you want, in the center or on the edges or equal areas on the card. Consider trying to do the Aurora lights, snowing at night, dusk, dawn, early spring, etc. Whatever you do here can be blended in multiple iterations of steps 2 and 3.
  1. Blend the second color (faded jeans) onto the cs as desired, then the third color (Chipped Sapphire) until the entire card is covered in color.

Consider darkening the edges more. Iterate through steps 2 and 3 until you get your desired result, which may be a very dark night scene to a lighter day scene.

  1. For each A2 size white cs, go back and do steps 2 and 3, considering different looks as you do them. When you are done, you should have at least 8 A2-sized pieces to work with, in the variety of color selections you wanted. Note – if you desire different season themes then used here, you will need different but appropriate cs colors for those seasons.
  2. Spray each card using Tattered Angles Dazzling Diamonds shimmer mist. Let dry naturally or dry with heat gun.


Directions – Stamping using the Sheltering Tree Stamp Set:

All parts of this stamp set example are stamped using the VersaMark Watermark stamp pad (no colored stamp pads are used with this stamp set).

I chose mostly winter scenes (since it was snowing when I started my project) and spring blossoming time, but consider summer and fall as well in your color choices. Any changes to the scenery choice may require change in care stock and bling colors.

Cut each brown cs 1/8 inch wider than white a2 card – 4 3/8 x 5 5/8

Cut each white cs – 4 ¾ x 6

Cut dark blue shimmer cs either 10 x 6 1/4 to just fit all layers, or 10 x 7 ¼ if you want to add bling to bottom of card. Score half way on wide side, fold in half.

  1. Stamp tree onto cs using VersaMark, add Zing chestnut eb powder, heat until set.
  2. Stamp leaves same way, but use either Zing white eb or light pink eb powder, heat. Fill in ears with small leaves stamp as needed.
  3. Use the winter scene stamp with the snowflakes to stamp the sky area several times, use white eb powder, heat
  4. If desired, stamp snow on ground using stamp with curved rough thick line, add white eb powder, heat
  5. Layer – stamped cs on top, brown cs, white cs, base shimmer cs, using your favorite adhesive. Add bling if needed.

(Note – tree leaves can be stamped first, then the tree for a different look)

Thanks, Jane, for sharing your creativity with us!

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A Night at the SU! Movies!

Grab your popcorn, grab your soda! Its time to watch these movies before Sale-a-bration is over!

I just watched this one today and loved it! Have you tried this out yet?

My absolute favorite! Look what you can do with the Irresistibly Yours DSP!

Masking with A Happy Thing!

The Lotus Blossom stamp set has been the favorite of my customers!

If you like to color, you will love these coloring techniques.

When you want a large stamp to be the major focal point …..

Watercoloring with blender pens has always been one of my favorites!

All of the stamp sets and papers used in these videos are FREE choices during Sale-a-bration which ends on Tuesday! So don’t delay. Watch these movies for loads of inspiration!

What a fun thing to do on a Saturday night ….  OK, if you have other people that you live with, you might have to serve everyone popcorn and then, while they are watching something else on TV, you can watch these on your computer…



Paper Pumpkin will Surprise & Delight You!

Have you seen any of the latest Paper Pumpkin kits? They are fabulous!

Right now, for four more days, you can get a three month subscription at a discount … plus a FREE Sale-a-bration item too!

Just check out this month’s kit:


So who would you use these once a month surprise kits for? Let me count some ways….

1. Family night! If you have kids or grand kids, this would be a monthly event to look forward to! Open it together at a special time and createPap it together. No one, including you, even knows what to expect. Share your love of creativity with kids this way.

2. Girls Night Out! Have a friend or two to create with each month.

3. Fun Night In!

4. Vacation Treats! Do you like to create on vacation, but don’t want to take your whole crafting room? Just take a box or two along since everything you need (except possibly some adhesive) is included!

5. Gifts! How about gifting this to a creative senior in a small apartment or to a college student, both of whom don’t have extra space but would love a creativity break!

This is your time to try out Paper Pumpkin! Three months, regularly $59.85 but right now only $54.85! Plus add any of the many FREE Sale-a-bration choices!

Email me with questions or if you would like help ordering.

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Butterflies Thinlits and Anna’s Card Kits!

This is what Anna has been working on lately using the Butterflies Thinlits Dies.

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Here is the finished card:

Butterflies Thinlits

Anna sells these in card kits.

Each kit contains all of the pieces to make three cards including the envelopes.

All you need is the adhesive of your choice!

***and did you know … Anna donates all of the proceeds to charities?

Keep reading to see how to purchase them

butterflies for cards


As you can see, Anna has been making lots of butterflies!

The hardest part was sliding the dryer sheets under the cut-out butterfly, so after some experimenting, we changed our process. This video is a follow up to an earlier video I had done.






Butterflies Thinlits: A One Step Process with Dryer Sheets!


Now, back to Anna’s Card Kits! These are the four cards kits available now.
Here is where you go to see them and/or to buy them: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AnnaCardKits

It is a double win when you do … you are supporting a young entrepreneur with Downs Syndrome and you are giving to a charity.

To read more about Anna, just click on http://karentitus.com/annas-card-kits/

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