Weekly Deals are here again!

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it – this Heart Border Punch will come in handy then! Plus…..a big sale starts tomorrow and I will post about that later today!

Alphabet Rotary Stamp by Stampin' Up!
Alphabet Rotary Stamp

Price: $14.95 $11.21
Banner Punch
Banner Punch

Price: $12.95 $9.71
For The Birds Wood Stamp Set

Price: $32.95 $24.71
Hearts Border Punch by Stampin' Up!
Hearts Border Punch

Price: $15.95 $11.96
Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit
Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit

Price: $19.95 $14.96
Sweet Details Photobook Template -- Digital Download
Sweet Details Photobook Template – Digital Download

Price: $17.95 $10.77
Ticket Duo Builder Punch
Ticket Duo Builder Punch

Price: $15.95 $11.96
Very Vintage Designer Buttons
Very Vintage Designer Buttons

Price: $5.95 $4.46

Cards for a Cause: Breast Cancer Research

October marks my one year anniversary as a breast cancer survivor and I am celebrating with a Card Party, of course! You are invited to join me either online or in person.

stampin up card


First, I will explain the Cards for a Cause event taking place on Saturday, October 11 in Richfield, MN.

Then I will let you know how to participate online!

This is one of the eight totally different cards we will be making.

Like this one, they will all be beautiful but they will also be quick and easy, geared to the beginning stamper.





I want you to think of your non-crafty friends who have been affected in some way by breast cancer and might be interested in supporting this cause. (Did you know that every 2 minutes another woman in the US is diagnosed with breast cancer…..and that there are almost 3 million breast cancer survivors in our country? And think of those we have lost. Indeed, most of us have been impacted in some way by breast cancer.)

This is a great opportunity to share a fun community event, introduce them to card making, and to make a difference with our donations.

Cost? $25.

$5 will go for renting the space (until that cost is met) and $20 will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. I am donating 100% of the card making supplies including card stock and envelopes.

When and Where?

Saturday, October 11 from 9:30 – 1 pm at Oak Grove Lutheran Church, 7045 Lyndale Ave So, Richfield, MN

How to register?

Email me at ktstamp@usinternet.com or karen@karentitus.com for registration information.

Cards for a Cause Online!

Participate online! Cost is $25 with $5 for shipping and $20 for the Beast Cancer Research Foundation. (If shipping is less, the extra will always be added into the donation.)

What will you receive? All 8 completed cards, with envelopes and PDFs for each card with detailed instructions so that you can easily make more if you like!

To register, email me at ktstamp@usinternet.com or karen@karentitus.com!


Why did I choose the Breast Cancer Research Foundation?

breast cancer fund raiserWhen I received my diagnosis I immediately researched everything I could find about breast cancer. I was amazed by how unclear the options were. There are really four different types of breast cancer, yet they are often treated as one. Ultimately, every woman makes her own choices and we all need to support her in that.

I was also surprised, and dismayed, to learn that a very small percentage of most money raised for breast cancer actually goes for research. Most of it goes for breast cancer awareness.

I wanted to support research because through research we can hopefully find better ways of prevention and treatment.

And that, friends, is why I chose the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The mission of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation is to prevent and cure breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research. I invite you to join me in making a difference!

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Masculine Card with Four Feathers and Washi Tape!

Do you ever need a quick card? I know I often do!  Here is a quick and easy handmade card to make!

Four Feathers stamp set

Just use three strips of Color Me Autumn Washi Tape across the top of a Whisper White Card.


Then, stamp three of the feathers from the Four Feathers stamp set in coordinating colors (Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, and Crushed Curry).


You have a nice card for almost any occasion. Add words of your choice if desired!

Notice the fun tie on the feathers. I tied a knot with the Stitched Satin Ribbon and frayed it.

Watch the video below to see the details.


Just a Minute Stamping Tip with Ribbon

Feathers are a trendy item right now! I love them because you can use so many different colors with them like we often do with flowers – and they aren’t flowers! They are great for almost any occasion and they make great masculine cards!

(Have I sold you on this stamp set yet?)

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Weekly Deals + Favorites from the Clearance Rack!

First, the weekly deals and then some great sample cards with items from the Clearance Rack!

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

What I couldn’t live without? Those Ovals Framelits Dies and the Party Pennants Dies (watch for cute samples coming soon using the Party Pennants!) I also love the look of Paper Piercing and have you seen the cute ideas around using the Hamburger Box? Wouldn’t the Faces I Love make a darling gift for a little one? OK….so I love them all!

Favorites on the SU! Clearance Rack!

These are all samples made with items from the Clearance Rack. Only available while supplies last so get them now! (on the pictures I addes the two Washi Tapes because I use washi tape a lot!!!!!

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You can click on any of the products on this page and it will take you directly to my store. You will, of course, receive some cards a little surprise when you order from me.

Happy Shopping!!!!


Holiday Home … because there is no place like home!!

founders circle trip 2014 It was so much fun being an the Founder’s Circle trip, but it’s always good to get home!

I will be posting many more pictures of the trip on my facebook page so check that out: https://www.facebook.com/Stampingonthebackporch

Today, let’s look at three different ways to add color to our cards!

blendabilites with holiday home1. with Blendabilites!

Have you tried them yet?

It is so much fun to color with these – you can feel easily shade and vary the tones!

It makes you feel like you know what you are doing even when you don’t!

paper piecing technique





2. with Paper-Piecing!

I love this look where you use designer series papers to create the color!

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3. with Aqua Painters and Ink Refills

Always easy and always a favorite.

Just a Minute: 3 Ways to Add Color to Your Card!


Which way of the 3 ways to add color is your favorite? Blendabilities? Paper-Piecing? or Watercoloring?


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Stampin’ Up! Founders Circle Retreat 2014

20140918_095426When it comes to pampering, SU! knows how to do it well!

Just look at these gifts which we have received in our first two days!


20140918_094529Plus a mug to collect candies to much on through the day.

Notice the beautiful tags on the jars of candy!



…a few healthy snacks thrown in too!

Today we will be touring the Kanab facilities where all the stamps are made!

What a wonderful opportunity it is to be here!



Letterpress Winter: Bag it!

Letterpress Winter What does this lovely Petite Cafe Gift Bag have inside?

Tim’s homemade ginger cookies!

Check out how many bags I made for him to fill!

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I actually made 16 of them!

When I had my mastectomy fix surgery last month, I ran a two day “Karen’s Plastic Surgery Special” for my down line, which is called the Fine Line. Everyone who achieved it is receiving this bag of Tim’s cookies …

handmade cards   plus 14 cards from me!

I thought I might be making 4 sets of cards – I was totally blown away by 16 – and yes, I did make them all!

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So … last night at 10 pm when I should have been packing for the Founder’s Circle trip today, we were putting these packages together!

Would you like to receive a special gift in the mail from me?

Be sure you have opted in for my newsletter (the form is on the top right hand side of this blog) to see what I am offering tomorrow!


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More Weekly Deals from SU!

These are the weekly deals!

Gold 1/8 Ribbon by Stampin' Up!
Gold 1/8″ Ribbon

Price: $4.95 $3.71
Happy Hour Wood Stamp Set

Price: $29.95 $22.46
Label Card Thinlits Die
Label Card Thinlits Die

Price: $32.95 $24.71
Sweetheart Punch by Stampin' Up!
Sweetheart Punch

Price: $15.95 $11.96
Tangerine Tango Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up!
Tangerine Tango Baker’s Twine

Price: $2.95 $2.21
Wooden Elements Embellishments
Wooden Elements Embellishments

Price: $4.95 $3.71
Write Stuff II Digital Kit - Digital Download - by Stampin' Up!
Write Stuff Ii Digital Kit – Digital Download

Price: $9.95 $5.97
Yippee-Skippee Wood Stamp Set

Price: $18.95 $14.21

Meet Anna from Anna’s Card Kits!

Anna's Card Kits

Meet Anna, a young women with Down Syndrome, who has her own card kit business!

Enjoy the movie as she explains how she makes her card kits!

Shop where it makes a difference!

See her cards and purchase them here: www.etsy.com/shop/AnnaCardKits

(The Halloween card below can both be ordered – just not uploaded to her store yet. Same price – $5 per kit with 3 cards in each kit. $2 shipping for any number of kits.)

These make great $5 gifts! Everyone can use the gift of cards.

Connect with her on Facebook (and like her page) here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Annas-Card-Kits

If you have questions, you can email her at annacardkits@gmail.com or you can email me at karen@karentitus.com (put Annas Card Kits in the subject line).

You can read more about Anna here:

1. http://karentitus.com/introducing-annas-card-kits

2. http://karentitus.com/shop-where-it-makes-a-difference

3. http://karentitus.com/united-in-card-making


New Card Kits Added Regularly!

This one isn’t on Etsy yet, but is available. (You can email me to purchase it until its on there – so perfect for autumn and Halloween!)

Owl Builder Punch

Please share this post with anyone you think might be interested – whether they might like card kits or to read about Anna!

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The Curvy Keepsake Box Makes a Spooky Pumpkin!

"spooky" halloween craft Just a little bit spooky and a whole lot of fun!

This cute pumpkin has a flickering light inside so those little ones will be wowwed!

My little pumpkin has done some traveling … which has impacted its shape, but I think that just adds to his charm!

Just below is a picture of him when he was all shiny and new!


Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Dies

You can make this pumpkin very quickly with the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Dies. (Now, that’s a mouthful!)

Halloween craft tutorial


1. Start with two box pieces out of the Vellum Cardstock and, with the brayer, color it Pumpkin Pie!






pumpkin favor tutorial


2. Add the look of pumpkin lines with this stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set in Tangerine Tango.





punch art pumpkin face



3. Use just the tip of the Triangle Punch to punch out the eyes and nose. Then make two small notches on the edge of the Basic Black Cardstock.




Punch Art Pumpkin Face




4. Position the Circle Punch so that it goes over those two notches and punch out the mouth.


Halloween craft 5. And, finally, to make the “distressed hair”, I took a piece of Wild Wasabi Seam Binding Ribbon, cut off very narrow strips on the sides, and unraveled the ribbon. Scrunch it up!

Just a Minute: Cute Little Pumpkin Face with Punches!

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