For Your Country: A Thank You Card for All Who Have Served!

These well worn boots have many stories to tell.

for your country stamp set


This card is dedicated to all who have served our country to protect our freedom.

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Words could never express our gratitude, but thank you.



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Build a Birthday Card & Moving Mom at 90!

There is a large box on the floor of my living room filled with brand new, exciting Stampin’ Up! products just waiting to be played with! Each day I look at it and dream … but my life is a bit full lately. More about that later, but I did take a quick moment late last evening to make this quick Build a Birthday card!

Build a Birthday card

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know that I have been missing-in-action quite a bit lately.

I had a fabulous week in Hawaii, but unfortunately my computer knowledge kept me from doing my posting there …

but my biggest reason has been that Tim and I have been helping my 90 year mom move to an assisted living facility.

Now, if it were just up to Tim and me, we could get her moved quickly, but, if you spend time with an elderly person, you know how their lives move in “slow motion”.

She is downsizing a bit (from a one bedroom apartment to a smaller one bedroom apartment) and since she has added a motorized scooter, an extra walker for car travel, and a regular wheelchair to her possessions, some things have to be left behind.

Letting go is such an emotional issue anyway, and, at this stage of life when you are losing your own abilities and losing your friends, I think it’s even harder.

Every item is discussed and many memories are shared.

It is in many ways a sweet time as we spent all of this time together, and I am happy to be there as she makes this next step in her life … but it is hard to maintain my blog and other aspects of my business.

I appreciate you reading this and your understanding as I work to get everything back on track – hopefully very soon!

and give an extra hug to all of those elderly people in your life! Let them know they are special to you. We never know how long we will have them.

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2016 SU! In Colors in Ink and Paper!

Delightful Dijon, Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaroon, Tip Top Taupe ……Which is your favorite new color?

elegant butterfly punch

Here are all the colors lined up using the Elegant Butterfly Punch. Watermelon Wonder was used twice – could that be my favorite?

(I haven’t decided yet!)

How about the inks … all done in butterflies again, but this time using the butterfly stamp from Butterfly Basics.

butterfly card


After stamping the five butterflies, I trimmed them on the right edge to give a different look.

Adding a bit of Washi Tape from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Washi Tape on both the front and on the inside of the card completes the look.






and last, this card is colored with the new In Color Stampin’ Write Markers:

stampin up in colors 2016


The words are from the new Friendly Wishes stamp set.











This is just a little preview of these new In Colors.

I look forward to the five new colors each year, because adding new colors changes everything!


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Hawaii and My Computer Fail!

Actually, of course, it is not my computer that has failed – it is me! I made the switch from a PC to a Mac computer and I can’t figure out to get my photos onto my blog!

That explains my lack of posting this week – and believe me, I have tried!

I am posting photos daily on my Facebook page, though, so go there and follow what is happening in Hawaii! Tomorrow, I will be sharing some wonderful card swaps there!

….and my boxes of catalogs arrived while I have been gone. Just message me on Facebook if you would like a complimentary one!

What an amazing week we are having here. Never in my life did I ever think I would be able to travel in such elegant style – and that is all thanks to SU! and to you, my customers and friends. Aloha and I will be in touch soon.

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Interactive Cards: Quick & Easy Slider Card!

Do you enjoy making interactive cards?

This Crazy 4 You card is a fun way to give a message.

IMG_0898 (2)When you pull the slider, you will see the words.

How cute is that?

To make this, I started with a base card of Island Indigo 4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″ and folded. The reason for doing 4″ wide instead of the usual 4 1/4″ is to have room for the slider and the flower to extend over the card.

The Whisper White layer is 3 3/4″ x 5 1/4″ and the Bohemian DSP is 3 1/2″ x 5″.

IMG_0893To make the opening, I used the 3/4″ Circle Punch. I punched each end of the opening, and then, moving very little each time, I kept punching until the two met. (You could use a paper cutter instead if you prefer.)

IMG_0895Since the opening is 3/4″ wide, I cut a piece of card stock 1″ wide for the slider. Laying that on the back side of the DSP, I added strips of dimensional above and below to create the sliding track.

Put the pieces together and you have a fun slider card!

If you prefer to watch a video tutorial, here it is:

Quick & Easy Slider Card

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my Paper Pumpkin for $5!

I am writing this from the  San Francisco airport on my way to Hawaii – thanks to SU! And you!

To get the $5 special on Paper Pumpkin use this link:

I will send you a welcome gift!

to see more, go to my Facebook page:


we are now boarding – I’m not too good at doing this on my phone – thanks for bearing with me


Gift Card Holder for Starbucks

Who doesn’t like to get a gift card from a favorite coffee shop? This is our favorite thank you gift to give, so it’s always fun to come up with different ways of packaging them!

gift card holder

For this holder, I started with the Starbucks gift card inside.

Notice the black and white lines and the green circle on the cup. Of course, the green Starbucks logo is a circle too. Those were the two elements I focused on for the front, with the Typeset DSP and the “thanks” from the A Happy Thing stamp set. (The other phrase is from the Num-Num stamp set)

starbucks gift card holder

Here is the pattern. Its a piece of card stock  8″ x 2 3/4″, scored and folded in the middle at 4″ and on one edge at 3/8″.

template for gift card holder

Green is Starbuck’s signature color, so I found lots of cards that would look great without changing a thing. Do you need a Thank You gifts for your kid’s teachers? They can write a message on the card.

handmade teacher gift

How about Father’s Day?

father's day gift idea

and the list goes on …

How to Make a Quick & Easy Gift Card Holder:

Of course this pattern is perfect for gift cards from all stores! Take my idea and choose a gift card you like and then make your gift card holder coordinate. That is the fun of what we do – personalizing every thing we make!


Want a Complimentary 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! Catalog?

Would you like to find the hot-off-the-press Brand New Stampin’ Up! catalog in your mailbox???

new stampin up catalog

Just email me at with your name and snail mail address.

You will be inspired by all of the new product and the fabulous samples – yes, it is an Idea Book as much as it is a Catalog!

complimentary stampin up catalogs

I have a bunch all labeled and ready to mail – just waiting on the boxes of catalogs to arrive!

I have mine and I LOVE IT! I know you will too!

You will want to get on my list too so you don’t miss out on anything else! Just opt in on the form on the top right side of this page.

Please share this post with all of your crafty friends!!! I would love to send them a complimentary catalog as well! (offer good while my pre-ordered catalogs last!)

Karen Titus

P.S. This offer is only good for those who live in the US and, of course, if you are currently working with another demonstrator, ask her for a catalog instead.

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Three Quick Cards with Matching Envelopes!

Black & white cards are always in style. Here are three variations of cards along with three different ways of coordinating the envelopes. The best part? All are done with one stamp (from the Choose Happiness stamp set) and the read-to-go Notes & Envelopes. It doesn’t get quicker or easier than this!

cas birthday card
On this first card, using the technique of masking, the middle flower is fully visible with the other flowers tucked behind it.

The envelope just has one flower on it.

3 quick card ideas
This second card has a layer added of Whisper White (3 3/4″ x 1 1/2″) that has been stamped with no masking.

The envelope has a liner (made with the smallest of the three liners in the

black and white handmade cards

To make the third card, I stamped the flower all over the front of the card. No masking was needed for this look. It could easily have words layered on top with a fun punch or framelit.

To make this envelope look, I put a piece of scratch paper under the flap and then stamped the flower all over.

Want to see details?

Stamping Tips: 3 Quick Cards with Coordinating Envelopes!

It really is as quick and easy as it looks!

Just think of all the possibilities:use a different color ink than black, make a few to have on hand, tie up a few with a ribbon and give as a gift.

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Top 3 Retiring Word Stamp Sets!

You know how important word stamps are in making cards. Different cards call for different styles and sizes of words and phrases. Here are my top three that are retiring:

1. Lots of Thanks!

stampin up thank you card


Nine different ways to say “thank you”!

This is just one of them!

Just one stamp and some fun washi tape equals a thousand thanks.










2. Occasions 4 You

happy birthday scrap cardhappy birthday flower card


Four larger stamps done with interesting fonts.

I would have bought this stamp set for this “happy birthday” stamp alone, but the other three are great too!








3. Petite Pairs

handmade floral cardEighteen little stamps making up nine pairs! Use one for the front of the card and the other inside. (shown here with the Mixed Bunch stamp set, also retiring)

This is one of my most used word sets!

petite pairs stamp setHow often do you find you want just a little word for an accent on your card?

Most of these will fit in the smaller Oval Punch or one of the smaller Circle Punches.






These are my top three retiring word stamps; what are yours?

Be sure to get them before they are gone!!!!!

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Moon Lake Handmade Cards in Bits & Pieces

I am hoping these bits and pieces of Moon Lake cards will make you want to see the entire cards!

moon lake stamp set

moon lake stamp set

Today is the last day to join this current Online Club Class since the kits go out tomorrow.

Five cards (two completed, three as kits plus PDFs for all) all using Moon Lake, although many other stamp sets could be substituted …

online stamp club


Plus, next Wednesday evening we will gather online and make those cards together.

When my kids were young, they loved those drawing books where part of a famous painting was shown in full color in just the middle of the page and then they were to draw in the rest however they wanted. Have you seen those?

After finishing their work of art, we would look up the actual painting and see how that artist finished it. It was inspiring to see how we could each take the same start on a project and end up with such amazing variations.

I hope you decide to join us! Check that retired list!

moon lake class


Just place a minimum $30 today through my online store and you will not only see the rest of these cards, but you will be making them!!!

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Top 10 Retiring Stamp Sets!

To be perfectly honest, I can’t really say these are my top 10 because I love so many of the retiring stamp sets … but for this moment in time, these are my top 10!

#1. Baby, We’ve Grown

Being a quilter so I had fun making this quilted baby card using the triangle punch (also retiring). I stamped the cute little bunny on the card stock before running it through the Big Shot so it would look like printed fabric.

handmade baby card
















#9. Just Sayin’

These word bubble sayings are such a delight! Great for cards for people of all ages, and men as well as women.

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#8. Regarding Dahlias

Wow, is this photo ever blurry! Maybe I have actually improved in my picture taking skills!

I have made this card many times for many different occasions. Its one of those go-to stamp sets for quick and easy and still pretty!

Regarding Dahlias













#7. Pleasant Poppies

A large stamp with so many possibilities! Only part of the image is used on this card and what a beautiful effect!

Pleasant Poppies













#6 Mosaic Madness & the Mosaic Punch (both retiring)

Love the images in this set and, because you can punch them out, you can make lovely cards in a hurry! The pieces are fun to arrange in a design, or like on this card, even layering them over each other.

Mosaic Madness handmade card












#5. Bootiful Occasions

These glossy rain boots make such a great spring card! (They are glossy because of the Crystal Effects spread all over them!)

Whether your taste runs to western boots, Victorian winter boots, witches boots, or rubber boots, this stamp set is for you! Personally, I have only used these rubber boots, but I have used them enough times to make them totally worth the purchase price!

Bootiful Occasions











4. Too Kind

Do you like the look of two step stamping as much as I do? This whimsical flower can be done in any color – even on top of a dictionary background like this one.

Too Kind handmade card













#3. Bundled Baby

Who could resist this sweet little baby? Since its a small stamp, I used it as an accent on this asymmetrical card. The circles on the designer series paper coordinate with the circles on the cloth.

Bundled Baby

















#2. Life in the Forest

So, really … what does the fox say? Here I used paper piecing for the trees and the fox.

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#1. Perfect Blend

Who doesn’t like coffee, tea, or hot chocolate? I love this coffee cup stamp. We give lots of Starbucks gift cards (Tim works there, after all) and packaging them in this fun way makes them seem extra special. Can you see that the coffee cup lid lifts off when you open it? You can get the details on how to make it by clicking here.

gift card holder














Did any of these make your top 10?

* Remember – when you place a minimum $30 order in my online store here, and use host code UCSXQP4C, you will be in my online club for the month. Read more about that here!

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