Thursday, January 29, 2015

Three Masculine Sets from the 2015 Occasions Catalog

Finding good masculine stamp sets is hard to do.  Can you relate?  They either are too weird or the designs just aren't fun or easy to work with.  Well, I found 3 masculine stamp sets in the 2015 Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog that I thought were absolutely perfect!  What I look for in a perfect masculine set is:
  1. Is it versatile - can I use it for other projects throughout the year
  2. Is it masculine and relateable to the men in my life - we're a fishing/nautical family so anchors go a LONG way with me!
  3. Are their great sentiments that include Father's Day, Happy Birthday, Thank You and/or Sympathy

I'm happy to report that these 3 sets fit the bill!  I think you will agree that you can get a big bang for your buck with these sets and be good to go for a variety of projects.  Here they are and yes I put them in order of my favorites!  I just had too....

There's that anchor that I love!  This set grabbed me right away for that simple circle image!  LOVE the whole set.

Another anchor AND this set is Loaded with greetings and sentiments!

Being a paper crafter you have to be a tree hugger since that's where all our card stock comes from! Right!?!  This is a great woodsy set.

So how do YOU find a great masculine stamp set?  Leave me a comment, I'd love to here your recommendations and insight!

You can shop for all these stamp sets and other products from the 2015 Occasions Catalog by clicking HERE and designating me, Kari Linder as your demonstrator to get the discounted online shopping prices!

Have a Terrific Thursday.
Kari Linder

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Seeing Photopolymer Stamps Clearly

I've talked with a lot of crafting friends and customers who have asked me, 'What is Photopolymer'? What I realized is that many are confused by the Clear-Mount stamps Stampin' Up! offers versus the Photopolymer.  So today I thought I'd give you a quick explanation of the difference along with a few samples from one of MY favorite Photopolymer stamp sets called, Banner Blessings (item 136720).

In a nutshell, Stampin' Up! offers 3 different types of stamps:
  1. Wood-Mount 
  2. Clear-Mount
  3. Photopolymer

Wood-Mount stamps are the traditional stamps we know and love that come with wood blocks to mount your stamp images on.  They stay permanently on the wood blocks and there's no changing out the images with each use!

Clear-Mount stamps are similar to Wood-Mount stamps in that they still have the red rubber and foam backing.  You adhere these images to Clear Blocks and change them out with each use.

Photopolymer are completely see-through, clear and they are used with Clear Blocks.  You do change them out with use BUT the great benefit of completely clear stamping is that you can see where you are placing your stamps on your project!

Here's a picture of the Clear-Mount Stamps:

You can see the red rubber and the stickers on the images.  The sticker side adheres to the Clear blocks - you can see the image but there can be slight variation to the actual stamp image and where the sticker is.  

Stampin' Essentials Tip:  I always stamp on scrap paper first before I stamp on my project - just to make sure the image is straight and right where I want it to go!

Moving onto Photopolymer Stamps!  Here's a photo of the completely clear Photopolymer Stamp sets!

You can see they use the clear blocks and you can perfectly see through the image to make sure it's inked up well and stamp it right where you want it to go!

Now to my favorite set, Banner Blessings (item $15.95)!  

You can view the images above, this set comes with 4 stamps.  I just love the verses and the words and font are too cute!  My favorite is the Friend stamp!

This is an adorable Thanks card created with the Banner Blessings stamp set.  The Whisper White Baker's Twine is the perfect soft touch to this card!

Whether you stamp with Clear-Mount stamp sets of Photopolymer stamp sets, You will definitely need clear blocks.

Stampin' Essentials Tip:  If you'd like a budget friendly recommendation, I'd suggest Block size D for $8.50 (item 118485).  It's universal and works well with almost every stamp set Stampin' Up! carries.  It's the 'Little Black Dress' of stamping and will be a go to for sure!

Hope that helps answer your questions about the difference between Clear-Mount and Photopolymer stamp sets!  You can EMAIL ME anytime if you have further questions or need help ordering Stampin' Up! products online.

It's Sale-A-Bration time and free products for every $50 purchase!  CLICK HERE to start shopping online and designate me, Kari Linder as your demonstrator to receive the discounted online prices!

Until tomorrow!
Kari Linder

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

NEW Weekly Deals and More Past Paper Pumpkin Kits

Hi Crafting friends!  How's it going?  Stampin' Up! just released some great NEW Weekly Deals that start today and last thru next Monday, February 2nd.  These prices are discounted on select products that we all must have in our stamping arsenal!  Don't you agree?  The embossing folders are just too cute and yes, having one of each is perfectly fine!

Also, there are more past Paper Pumpkin Kits available for purchase, while supplies last:
  • Sweet As Pie Kit (October 2014) item 136917
  • Filled With Love Refill Kit (January 2015) item 139163
If you're not already a Paper Pumpkin subscriber and would like to be, you can do that HERE

All the Past Paper Pumpkin kits are now in my online store!  See them HERE

Get the most bang for your buck during Sale-A-Bration and save on a 3-month prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription. Now thru March 31st you can instantly qualify for a FREE product of your choice!  The 3-month Paper Pumpkin Subscription is discounted $5 and you will earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item when you add the promo code to your shopping cart for the 3-month subscription.

Item number for ordering online: 137859

Your first kit will be the February 2015 Kit and should arrive in your mailbox approximately the 17th-20th of each month!

Have a blessed Tuesday!  EMAIL ME if you have any questions!
Kari Linder

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Calling all SUper Heroes - A NEW Photopolymer stamp set

SUper Heroes to the rescue!  Stampin' Up! released a brand new Photopolymer stamp set called Calling All Heroes (item 138002) that is perfect for our little ones who adore their super heroes!  It's a wonderful addition to the growing clear stamp sets in the Photopolymer collection.  CLICK HERE to view all the sets that come perfectly clear. 

The Calling All Heroes Photopolymer stamp set (item 138002) is a two-sheet stamp set that includes builder piecers to create your own super hero.  There is also a stylized alphabet included that can be used for personalized invites, birthday cards and more.

Happy Birthday card using the Calling All Heroes stamp set (item 138002)

Super! Treat bag using the Calling All Heroes Stamp set (item 138002) and Gusseted Cellophane bags (item 133770) 

Yummy cupcake toppers using the Calling All Heroes Stamp set (item 138002) and the Star Framelits die (item 133723)

Help! card using the Calling All Heroes Stamp set (item 138002) - I just love that city scape image!

There are also new Weekly Deals available!
Click HERE to start shopping these discounted products now.
Prices good thru Monday, June 16th

Have a great day!
Kari Linder

Friday, June 6, 2014

Hello, Honey Happy Birthday

Hello, Honey!  What a beautiful shade of yellow!  If you're a UW Husky fan, I'm sure you'll love this color combo!  Hello, Honey is a NEW 2014-2016 In Color as well as the purple, which is called Blackberry Bliss.  I've been making so many thank you cards lately that I thought it was time I should get some birthday cards ready to go for the upcoming birthdays of friends and family!

Recognize the Happy Birthday stamp?  It's from an adorable stamp set that comes with the Everyday Occasions Cardmaking kit!  See page 196 in the 2014-2015 Catalog.  You can stamp all the cards in the kit and then you have a great stamp set to keep using for other projects!

The Banner Punch is so cute!  It was a freebie from Sale-A-Bration 2014 and now you can purchase it in the 2014-2015 Catalog.  I thought it coordinated great with the cake topper banner image in the stamp set!

Oh WOW!  You will love the new In Color ribbon - it comes in all 5 brand new colors.  It's so easy to use and made tying this bow, so easy!  It's easy to work with and move around to get your bow just as you want it!

CLICK on the links below to start shopping for the Stampin' Up! supplies used on today's card!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Stampin' Pretty Thank You Notes

Stampin' Pretty thank you notes is a snap, especially when you have pre-printed card bases and a fun color scheme to work with!  I made three of these 'thanks' cards to give to friends and wanted to share with you how I made them!  What do you think of that yellow?  A little bright?  I actually really like it!  Tell me what you think below in the comments section.

Pre-Printed card bases are an incredible invention!  I'm using up the last of my Watercolor Wonder Notecards from the Occasions Catalog.  I only had 3 left and they were staring at me every time I opened my desk drawer.  I saved them till the very last, using up the other notecards first since this polka dot designed seemed a little tough to work with.  It actually wasn't at all and I'm really happy with how the cards turned out!

Stampin' Essentials Tips:
  • The thanks sentiment is a stamp from the Everyday Occasions Card kit.  It's my go to for simple thank you notes because the sentiment is just the cutest font and goes with everything!
  • For some texture and a pop of WOW, I embossed a strip of Crisp Cantaloupe card stock with the Beautiful Baroque Embossing Folder.  I chose a large pattern to offset the small polka dot background.
  • The Chevron Border Punch creates a great border and you can use the positive or negative piece on your creations.  I punched the Chevrons out in Daffodil Delight and I like how it matches the polka dots in the background and the center of the white flower!

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