Birthday Blossoms Watercolored Just For You!

Birthday Blossoms is a beautiful stamp set just made for watercoloring – and this is an easy technique to do just that!

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This set of eight stamps includes this flower, leaves, and a bunch of smaller flowers as well as five phrases designed for birthdays.

You can never have too many phrases for birthday cards, since birthday cards are the most popular cards to make and to give!

Of course, the flowers would be beautiful for many other occasions as well.

If you haven’t tried watercoloring this way, check it out!

 

Quick & Easy Watercoloring Technique for Handmade Cards:

 


Did you notice that I used three different colors of Stampin’ Write Markers for the flower? Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral, and Pink Pirouette. Get creative with the colors you use and see what fun color combinations you can come up with.

I love the Stylish Stripes embossing folder too. It gives such a classy look and never looks “overdone”.

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Card Parade from the SU! Convention 2015!

After a fabulous week at the Stampin’ Up! Convention, I arrived home last night for a very short visit as I am now off to my mom’s for a couple of days. She is having cataract surgery this morning and at 91, will need some help with all of those eye drops and poor vision following … but what a trooper! Alas, she has no computer access in her building!

With that said, I have no time to blog today … and then I realized I could just share a few of the cards I took pictures of from the display walls! I have no idea to give credit to for these beautiful creations but I know you will love this card parade!

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If you follow me regularly, you know that I struggle with learning computer skills!

I have switched from a PC to a Mac and the differences are many! I was so pleased that I figured out how to save these photos from my camera and add the watermark without having to take the time to go through another program (like Picmonkey – which I love, but don’t have time for today) … now if I could just figure out how to change the color (how did it ever choose red?) and size ….

Oh well … another day, another blog post…

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On the First Day of Convention … (SU! style)

This is the first official day of the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Convention and it is off to a great start!

Lots of free goodies, of course..

SU! Convention goodies

and this lovely bag….

SU! Convention Bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

which I hope to take on vacation with me in 2016 to

Thailand

Thailand, thanks to SU!

Of course, seeing lots of old friends and meeting lots of new one is one of the best things! Here I am with Debbi Muche and Linda Heller.

at the SU! convention

And from a few of the hundreds of card swaps I have received so far …these were all made by Pamela Sneath!

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and now… off to dinner… and back to the Awards night with the Roaring 20’s theme. Should be awesome people-watching (or should I say “demonstrator watching”?)

*** and getting one of the upcoming Holiday catalogs in my hands??? Priceless … I will reading it in bed tonight! and yes I want it all. I can’t wait to share it with you.

Stay tuned for much more tomorrow!

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Handmade Coffee Cup Cards!

My husband works as a barista at Starbucks, so I made these cards for him!

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We give lots of Starbucks cards or coffee beans as gifts, so don’t these make great cards to give with them?

I just love this set from Paper Pumpkin! I have never done a video about Paper Pumpkin before, but I had heard that this one was a cute coffee set, so I decided to actually open it and play with it live! That means this video is a little longer than my usual ones, but if you want to check it out, here it is:

Coffee Cup Cards from Paper Pumpkin


Thanks for watching!

I am currently in Salt Lake City enjoying a free day before the convention starts tomorrow. Stay tuned for lots of news coming, both here on my blog and on my Facebook page! (Join the discussions on my Facebook page here!)

 

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Watercolor Wings Class To Go!

The featured stamp of the month is Watercolor Wings. (Actually, make that a bundle with the Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies and save 15%!)

*Did you know that a minimum $30 order in my online store gets you this Class-to-Go for FREE? (use host code SF9W2GQ6)

 

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What do you get in this FREE Card Class?

1. 5 cards!!! (2 full cards and 3 kits, all with envelopes)

2. PDFs for each card. Use these PDFs with this stamp set, of course, but also use them for layout and technique ideas for other stamp sets.

3. If you place a minimum order of $30 for 6 months straight, you also will receive a FREE stamp set of your choice!!!

I call this my online club, but you don’t even need to sign up. Each month you place the minimum order in my online store, you are automatically in the club for that month!!!

You have until July 31 to place your order. Kits are mailed out to everyone on August 1!!! (please use host code SF9W2GQ6)

Want to see some of the other cards this month???? Here is a little preview of a couple of them:

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I love surprises – and I love to surprise you – so thats all I am sharing.

I hope that has you intrigued enough to place an order!

Why  2 completed cards and 3 card kits in my Online Club?

* Because you don’t have to own this particular stamp set to be in the club for the month. I send 2 completed cards that need this stamp set and the 3 I send as kits can easily be finished with other stamp sets.

To reach my online store, click here.

Thanks,

Karen Titus 612-929-1277 ktstamp@usinternet.com

WatercolorWingsClass-To-Go!

 

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Cute Kid’s Card: No Bones About It!

If you know anyone that is really into dinosaurs, this would be a fun card to make for them!

no bones about it stamp set

This No Bones About It stamp set is a darling dinosaur set with four different dinosaurs, each with a stamp like I used on this card and a separate stamp just with their skeletons! There are 18 stamps in all so you get lots to play with!

I love the layout of this card because it’s just a little bit different and still so very easy! This is what my desk looks like when I’m preparing for a card swap. Lots of the different prints in the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack work for this card as you can see in this photo:

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Quick & Easy Dinosaur Card for Kids


So, do you have someone in mind to make a dinosaur card for? Have fun with this stamp set!

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Barnyard Babies for a New Baby Card!

This cute little lamb from the Barnyard Babies stamp set greets a new baby with “Welcome, little one.”

Barnyard Babies Baby Card
Instead of the more traditional pastel colors used with baby cards, I went with Cucumber Crush, a vibrant shade of green! That with the Daffodil Delight sun makes for a bright card!

The video tutorial below will show all of the steps. First I started with a 2″ x 4 3/4″ piece of Whisper White Card Stock and trimmed one end with the Scalloped Topper Punch.

With the lamb and the words put on the same acrylic block, stamp on the tag at an angle. (One of the great things about this card is that you don’t need to care about getting the words on straight!)

mass producing baby cards

Next, use just a little adhesive to attach the tag to the card temporarily. You will just lay the tag so that the words now are level with the bottom of the card – it doesn’t matter what the angle of the tag is! I have made 90 of these cards and there is quite a range of looks!

Add the yellow sun, the green grass, and sponge over the grass with a sponge dauber.

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Carefully remove the tag from the card, add dimensionals under the tag, and then attach it to the card permanently.

Tie some Cucumber Crush 1″ Dotted Lace Trim with Linen Thread at the top of the tag and add a bit of color to the lamb and the card is finished!!

Quick & Easy Baby Cards with Barnyard Babies!


If you like cute baby animals, this Barnyard Babies stamp set is for you! With seven animals, nine sayings, and thee accent stamps, you are set for birthday cards, congrats cards, and almost anything other occasion!

Click on any of the supplies below to get started!!!

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Salad with Tim & Stamping with Karen

Every year, Tim and I host an event for those who come by our booth at the July Rubber Stamp Event in Bloomington. Yesterday was the day. We had a great turn out – and Tim was certainly kept busy! (check out his recipe below)

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There were stampers at the table

(Can you see one of the cards we made in this photo?)

 

 

 

 

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.. stampers having lunch in the living room, sitting around my You Tube Video station and looking at some of the many bins of cards I have!

 

 

 

 

 

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… even stampers offering to help Tim out in the kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

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and, of course, Tim served his famous Chicken Salad!

(We forgot to take a picture until most of the food was gone!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get Tim’s recipe (and read about when and why he started making it) by clicking here!

 

Some people had stamped as long – or longer – than I have and some were brand new!

Isn’t it fun that stamping brings us together? Community, crafting, conversation … what could be better?

Thanks to all of you who share in this community!

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Its Tuesday & the Deals are Hot at SU!

Some fun items on sale this week!

Can you guess what my favorites are?

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The Ornate Tag Topper Punch is my number one choice … but isn’t it an amazing deal to get Stampin’ Up! Card Stock at these prices?

Keep one of these sets with the Designer Series Paper that it coordinates with and you will be set to create at a moment’s notice! No more hunting around for the right card stock.

This week you can get the coordinating packs for both the Timeless Elegance DSP (my current favorite) and the Merry Moments.

You will use these colors for a wide variety of projects, not just with the DSP, but how nice to have both!

That new Mossy Meadow Striped Cotton Ribbon is on my list too!

** Just a reminder that if you place a minimum $30 order in my online store (just click on any of these products and it will take you there), you are automatically in my online club for this month and you will get 5 cards, PDFs … and more!

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Making Cards to Support Women at Risk!

My friend Karly, who lives in Thailand, has a thriving card business in which half of all proceeds are donated to help women escape prostitution.

Stamping on the Back Porch's photo.

She comes back to Minnesota with her husband and twins (now 2 years old) for a few weeks each summer to visit family and friends.

And, of course, while she is here, she stocks up on supplies! She gets first dibs and a discount on my retired items – and she has her own system of organizing what she is considering!!! Cathy Aust, her mother-in-law and my good friend, had a great time watching her!

Here are 200 cards she has boxed up to send to the WAR (women at risk) shop in Pennsylvania.

Karly Aust's photo.
What a blessing these cards will be – to the buyer, to the ones who receive them, and to the women helped by this organization. All of these were made by Karly, of Karly’s Cards.
What a difference a card can make!!!
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Wild About Flowers & Wild About You!

Will you be spending some time in nature over the 4th of July? if you are Wild About Flowers, enjoy seeing them in the light of the moon!

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To make the moon, use the 2″ Circle Punch to create this extra piece of card stock. Place that over your card and sponge first with Crushed Curry. You can even scrub that color on to create the intensity you want. Then add a touch of Pumpkin Pie and you have a pretty, shaded moon.

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You can imagine how many cards have been made with my template. (It is actually 43 – were you close to guessing that?)

I love the words (and their style) in this stamp set. “You’ll be missed” is great for a co-worker who is retiring, or a friend that is moving away …

 

 

 

Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend, however you will be spending it, and I will be back with a post on Monday!

 

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Stamping Tips for Using Alphabet Stamps!

For the very first time … I am in love with an alphabet stamp set! 

Its the new  Layered Letters Alphabet stamp set!

layered alphabet card

Yes, I have bought plenty, and I have even used a few, but until now it mostly felt like too much work to get them looking the way I wanted them to look.

So, why do I like this one so much? I love the style – it is so casual that it doesn’t ask to be lined up straight for one. Also the size is perfect for words, short saying, names … so many things! I also love the solid circle and rectangle stamps in the set to used for highlighting.

Just watch … I’m sure this Layered Letters Alphabet stamp set will be showing up regularly on this blog!

Here is a fun way to use these stamps!

Layered LettersAlphabet Stamps and How to Use Them

 

If my enthusiasm for the Layered Alphabet is contagious, you can get yours by clicking below!

 

 

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