Spooky Fun Halloween Treat Bag–A Quick and Easy Idea!

Well, I don’t know about you, but turns out the end of summer and the start of the school year is actually a really busy time of year.  Who knew?!  (Probably about a billion parents out there, but this one was obliviously unaware how as your kids grow out of toddlerhood, things get crazier, and not calmer).  Smile


Well, now that we are finally settling back in our routines, I figured it was time to dust off the ol’ blog because boy oh boy, I’ve been creating some fun projects that I can’t wait to share with you.  We are crafters, creating is fun… sharing with people who understand crafting is even more fun!

First off, I’m also going to let folks know that I’m also getting back into sharing with my newsletter too!  In fact, later today I hope to have my next one out with a NEW free project tutorial, Holiday Catalog Product Sampler details, and more!  So, if you aren’t already on the list, make sure you get signed up today – get on the list here.

Secondly, since I haven’t mentioned it here before, if you didn’t know… the Stampin’ Up Holiday Catalog went live this month.  There are so many awesome bundles and cute projects in there, that you totally should check it out.  If you have ordered from me in the last year, you should have gotten a copy mailed to you already.  If you didn’t get your copy, or would like a copy and don’t have a demonstrator you already order with, just let me know at jennifer@nwstamper.com and I’ll get you all set up!

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2016 Holiday Catalog PDF

Alright, want to see a project using new Holiday Catalog goodies?  Well, let me share with you one of the projects I created for my Northwest Stamp & Share demonstrator event at the end of August.  This was an event with 60+ demonstrators from the Northwest area where we share inspiration, business ideas, and just formed more community bonds.  It was great.  Well, I created 4 make & take projects including this one:

I used the Petite Cafe Bags from the Annual catalog as my base bag.  They are cute and easy, plus they are food-safe on the inside so you can drop in any treat you have.  Plus you can stamp on the front like I did with the pumpkins from the Spooky Fun stamp set from the Holiday Catalog.

Then it is just a matter of making the front cute too!  I just used a couple pieces of paper and a stamp set and it turned out like this!

I had one of the new Halloween Night designer paper pieces that I cut into a 1 1/2″ strip and punched the end with the Banner Triple punch.  Then I cut a 2″ strip of Pumpkin Pie cardstock and stamped fun halloween faces from that same Spooky Fun stamp set before punching the end with that same Banner Punch.

TIP: When making a background design with those halloween faces, put all three on the clear block at the same time and then you can treat it like one bigger stamp for faster stamping.

Adhere everything to the front of the bag and then wrap a long length of the Halloween Night baker’s twine around the top and tie a bow for a cute final touch.


And while this is fun as a Halloween back, you could easily change up the stamp set and the pattern paper to make it a Christmas or Birthday treat back.  Think about what event you need a treat bag for and use the same layout and it will be perfect for any occasion!

See more holiday catalog items in the online store here

While you are there, don’t miss out on the NEW HUGE deals on the clearance rack and the one week only special deals

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You Are Awesome! Say it with Marquee Messages

Maybe it is because I grew up in the 80s and 90s, but I just love the word “Awesome” and love to use that to tell people how much I think of them. Smile  So, when I got the Marquee Messages stamp set and saw it had the phrase “you are awesome”… well, I knew it was perfect for me!

This is one of those stamp sets that there is one main image and then a few different sentiments to change up what you can say in this set.  And honestly, sometimes working with a set that doesn’t make me feel like I have to get wild and creative with how I stamp my images is actually pretty freeing.  I can just relax and enjoy my stamping without having to think too hard! Smile  So, for this card, I had fun playing with colors and little details pieces.

For example, I stamped my main image onto my Whisper White piece in Memento Black and then stamped it again onto a piece of scrap So Saffron so that I could cut out and pop up my arrow.  Just something simple as popping it up makes a BIG difference.  I did more paper piecing by stamping again onto a scrap piece of Sahara Sand cardstock and layering that down directly to the page for the “Awesome” sentiment.  And then stamped again on scrap So Saffron so I could cut out three of the little star shines.  Simple pieces that add a lot to your card.

And what is a marquee without some sparkly lights?  I added some quick and easy bling by grabbing my Gold Glitz Dazzling Details glitter glue and dotting each of the marquee lights for a fun sparkly effect.  You can also use mini-rhinestones or pearls (the smallest size in the packs sold by Stampin’ Up) but I was going for economical, since I could make a bajillion cards using one little $2.50 tube of glitter glue. Smile 

Add some extra hints of color by coloring in the main image on the Whisper White cardstock (I used Peekaboo Peach on those horizontal bars on the left, and So Saffron on the shaded part behind the “Awesome” sentiment).  Then just matted it all with Basic Black cardstock on a Peekaboo Peach cardbase.

I made this card a while ago, but now after sharing it here, I know just some special folks in my life who I need to remind them that I think they are awesome.  Think about your friends and family…. who needs to hear that they are awesome to you?

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Note of Thanks with the Detailed Floral Thinlit die

I’m back!  My family finally did what you are supposed to do during Summer Vacation and took an actual vacation!  We took the kiddos on a “Grandma Tour” to visit each of their Great-Grandparents around the US, which meant we traveled to Spokane, WA… Phoenix, AZ… and Kansas City (well Olathe), KS.  It was lots of traveling but lots of great time with family.  Though remind me next time, not to plan a trip to Arizona and the midwest during the height of summer!  It was crazy hot, which we are not used to here in the Pacific Northwest. Smile

During the trip, and now, I’ve been heads down in planning for my big Stampin’ Up demonstrator regional event (the Northwest Stamp & Share) and focused on new Holiday Catalog product that is coming soon!  But while I’m finishing punching tags and prepping table decorations, I wanted to pop back on here and share a project using one of the new thinlits from the Annual Catalog that came out in June – the Detailed Floral Bundle

This is a fun, flip front card using the new dies.  I love how lacy and beautiful they are but I was struggling with them showing the words on the “inside” of the card when it was closed.  That’s one of those things that looks cute when other people do it, but when I try it never seems to look right?  Ever have that happen to you?  So I came up with the idea to cut a solid piece of cardstock that was just a little bit longer than my front flap and layer that inside.  Turned out cute, huh?

Then on the inside I used the new Floral Phrases stamp set to create my inside sentiment.  I just stamped the flower twice using Flirty Flamingo ink to frame my words.  Easy peasy!

Then just add some pieces of the coordinating washi tape in the upper corner and add a rhinestone to finish it off.  The ribbon was glued to the back of the card so it wouldn’t fall off and helps keep the card closed.

Measurements for the card:

  • Card Base (Sahara Sand) – 4 1/4” x 11”, score at 5 1/2”
    position the larger floral die so that it is evenly spaced from the score line and two sides
  • Night of Navy floral background – 4 1/4” x 4”  (you’ll cut off the top using the edgelit included in the Detailed Floral dies approx 1/4” longer than your front flap.)
  • Night of Navy inside piece – 3 3/4” x 5”
  • Whisper White inside piece – 3 5/8” x 4 7/8”

And if you want to see how to use this new details thinlit – and YES you will want to use the Precision Plate AND the Big Shot die brush, here is a video on it Smile

REMINDER – Thoughtful Branches Class by Mail is happening now!

Just a reminder, you still can purchase this class by mail, project tutorial, or order the bundle and get the class kit for free!  Check out all the details HERE.

Ok, back to prepping for the event!  Enjoy and I’ll be back with more soon!

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Fun with the Thoughtful Branches Framelits for the ICS Blog Hop!

12711055_10153896754563048_5322321900990997775_oIt’s been a while, but I’m finally back to blog hopping with the Inspire, Create, & Share team!  Its been a busy last couple months but I’ve been so inspired by the Thoughtful Branches bundle that just came out yesterday, that I had to get off my duff and participate! This month everyone is showcasing framelits and after playing and seeing the possibilities, I’m loving these!

ps-  this bundle is only available through August 31st or while supplies last!  So make sure you get your copy ordered sooner rather than later!

I shared some samples that I made for my Thoughtful Branches class by mail in my last blog post, but I wanted to give you another idea with some up-close details and tips!  Check it out:

Thoughtful Branches Hydrangea Card in Silver

See?  Those pretty shapes that are great for tree leaves, turn into a fabulous topper for a flower – hydrangea, right?  I’ll admit, I know about 3 flower names… maybe I should just call this pretty flufferpuff!  😉  Ha ha ha… or maybe one of you can correct me and let me know the right name.

Anyway, you can stamp the flowers in Perfect Plum ink onto Wisteria Wonder cardstock and use the coordinating die to cut them out.  IT IS EASIER THAN IT SEEMS!  I was totally intimidated by the idea of lining up the flowers, but thanks to the “shark fin” on both the die and the stamp, it isn’t too bad.
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Then add the stem and leaves (from the same die set, of course) and keep the rest of your card simple and neutral to let the flower make the statement,

I chose to stick to the silver family with a little piece of silver foil on the left, Smoky Slate cardstock for the base and ink, and some of the new Smoky Slate stitched ribbon.
Thoughtful Branches Hydrangea Card in Silver nt
Easy peasy sweetie!

I hope you liked this idea for the Thoughtful Branches bundle…. like I said, don’t wait until the last minute to get yours, just in case it sells out before the month is up!

Next up, get even more ideas for your framelits with another cool idea from Deb Naylor and the rest of the ICS crew.  There are 10 of us hopping this month, so lots of fun ideas to check out!


I have the details on this bundle at the bottom of the post so you can see why I love it so!

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Sneak Peek of the Thoughtful Branches Class by Mail!

I’ve been playing a lot with my Thoughtful Branches bundle that I order last month… see, it always takes something sitting on my shelf for at least 2 or 3 weeks before I seem to percolate enough to start busting it out and getting it inky.  Know the feeling? 

Well, I’m lucky that I got my groove on because this fabulous set is only available for about 4 weeks!  Yep, that is right!  The stamp set and dies just came out yesterday as a limited time offer and are only available while supplies last or August 31st, whichever comes first.  So, I’m getting my playing done while I can still show you how fun it is AND then you can still pick up your own copy…. ‘cause you know you are going to want to play with it too! Smile 

To help get you some inspiration and to make it easier to get started playing once you get your own set, I created this fun class by mail just for you!  I wanted to show how versatile the stamp set is and give you the supplies to get going.  So for this month, I’m GIVING YOU the class kit for FREE when you purchase the bundle from me! 

Say what?!?

Yep, that is right!  Get the supplies to make 8 of these cards for FREE!  Or purchase the class kit or instructions if you already have your bundle.  Here is the scoop:

Thoughtful Branches Class by Mail

The class kit includes all the precut paper and embellishments to make 8 cards (2 each of 4 designs), plus envelopes and full color PDF tutorial set emailed to you.  You can get yours one of three ways:

  • GET IT FREE! – order the bundle from me and I’ll include the class kit for FREE!  You just pay the shipping to get it to you. Smile  Bundle price with class kit shipping – $69
  • Just need the kit supplies?  No problem!  Get just the class kit for only $25 and get the supplies and instructions for all 8 cards
  • Or pick up the PDF instructions for $6.95 

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Note – class kits will be mailed the week of 8/15.  PDF instructions will be emailed out mid-week of the first week of August.

Get even more ideas!  Check back later (around 6pm PT on Wednesday), as I’ll be participating in a fun Blog Hop all about framelits and I have a bonus card using this Thoughtful Branches bundle to share with you!

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Summer Time Fun Time–Keeping Busy with Fun Stamping Events

During the school year, I spend a lot of time with my stamping business online.  But with the kids home and summer in full swing, I’ve been spending more time away from my computer and out and about.  But that doesn’t mean all stamping has stopped!  I just have fallen behind on some of my sharing… but whooo boy!  There are some exciting things to share coming up!  From fun events, product sneak peeks, and more!  I thought I’d hop back online and share what I’ve been up to and what exciting things are coming soon!

Just for August! Thoughtful Branches Bundle, Class in Person & Class by Mail (Get it FREE)!

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This is a super versatile and adorable stamp set and die that is ONLY available in the month of August.  And it is while supplies last.  Seriously though… it is AMAZING!  Check it out:



Love it?  Get a FREE class with it when you purchase the bundle from me! 

Yup!  That is right!  I’m back with a new class you can either do IN PERSON or BY MAIL!  We’ll be making 4 fun cards using this set (images coming soon!) – the online class will make 8 total (2 of each design). 

Class options:

  • In Person – Join us on Monday August 1st, at 7pm at the Panera Bread in Redmond, WA.  We’ll be making 4 cute cards together and all supplies are provided.  Class fee is only $15
    GET IT FREE!  – purchase the bundle that night or place another order and get your class fee waived!
    RSVP HERE or by emailing me at jennifer@nwstamper.com
  • By Mail – Not local or can’t make it?  No problem! I’m offering the class by mail as well with extra!
    Class kit by mail:  Have fun making it at home!  Get the supplies to make 2 each of all 4 cards.  You’ll get all the paper precut, embellishments, envelopes, and a full color pdf tutorial so you can have the walk through instructions.  Class kit fee is $25
    GET IT FREE! – preorder the bundle from me and I’ll include the class kit for FREE!  You just pay the shipping to get it to you. Smile  Bundle price with class kit shipping – $69
  • Instructions only:  Already have the bundle?  Get the pdf instructions for $6.95
    PDFs will be emailed out mid-next week

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Northwest Stamp & Share Regional Demonstrator Event

Are you a demonstrator or thinking of becoming one?  If you didn’t know, I LOVE being a Stampin’ Up demonstrator and in fact am celebrating just hitting my 8 year anniversary on the 26th!  One of my favorite things to do is get together with other demonstrators and share and learn from each other.  I’m so excited for this new event for Stampin’ Up demonstrators in the Pacific Northwest!  Join us as we share the excitement of the NEW Holiday Catalog.  Get project ideas, participate in swapping, learn from other demonstrators, and have lots of fun!  This is our very own unofficial regional event and you are sure to go away inspired.

This has been the big event I’ve been focused on this summer and I can’t wait to see it all come together next month!

Get the scoop and register to join us!

Northwest Crafty Escape Weekend is Coming September 16-18!

My other big event that is in the works is my fall Crafty retreat!  It is always a blast and this one will be no exception!  We’ll be playing with new goodies from the Holiday Catalog, creating till the middle of the night, getting inspired and laughing all along the way.

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ANNOUNCING – the Northwest Crafty Escape Weekend Fall Fest!

Sept 16th-18th, 2016
Hyatt House in Bellevue
3244 139th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98005

RSVP deadline – Sept 5th, 2016

Get details and reserve your spot here

Finally, don’t forget, Bonus Days are happening now!  You have until Sunday, July 31st to place your $50 orders and get your $5 Bonus Coupons to use in August! 

So, as you can see, it’s a busy summer and lots of great stuff happening!

Don’t forget to take advantage of my FREE CARD CLASS to go with your purchase of the Thoughtful Branches bundle!  Alright, back to planning… stamp with you soon!

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Swirly Bird Boat Swap Card for the Stampin’ Up Cruise

Whew boy!  I was going through my memory card on my camera to start planning out cards to post here on the blog when I realized that I recorded a video for how to make my swap card I took with me on the Mediterranean cruise, but I didn’t actually ever edit and POST the video!  Shows you how scattered I’ve been with summer this year.  See… I thought as my kiddos got older, when they were out of school it would be easier.  Instead, they have activities and way too much energy bouncing off the walls in our house!  Nope, I wasn’t at all prepared for them to be out of school, but all the chaos has taught me valuable lessons for how to be better prepared next time. Smile 

But better late than never, right?!  So, here is the card I designed for the swap on the Mediterranean Cruise at the end of May:

I thought it was a fun, clean design… but then I thought it was even cooler when I noticed that folks who’s work I love like Mary Fish had actually posted a photo of my card from the display boards they made on the ship to her FB page. Smile  Good to know I wasn’t the only one who liked it! 

Anyway, I put together a video so you could see how I made this card and some tips for putting it all together.  So, if you are a visual person, here you go!


(note – if you are reading this in email, you can see the video here)

It all started with the idea that the wavy die cut from the Swirly Scribbles thinlits set would make great waves… and if you have waves, then you have to have a boat!  And seriously, isn’t this the cutest little boat ever?  Plus with you having controls for each part, it makes it easy to really customize it to the color combination of your card.  (in this case I used Tip Top Taupe, Pool Party, Dapper Denim, So Saffron, and Peek-a-boo Peach.)

Then I had a sentiment I really liked from the Love and Affection stamp set and made a sort of rustic piece to go in the corner.  Didn’t want everything to be too clean and smooth… Smile  Nope, gotta roughen up that cardstock!  This is like my low effort way of making it feel nautical or like an old map and rope.  Come on… squint with me and you can kind of see what I was going for… right?

And the last piece that was impossible to show on the video and probably impossible to show here… but I added some shimmer to my “ocean” by adding some clear wink of stella glimmer paint in between the blue cardstock lines of the waves.  So the whole bottom part was shimmery which really makes it cool in person.  On the computer… well, um… just trust me, it is cute!

So, I hope you enjoyed this idea for using the Swirly Bird bundle.  Don’t worry I have more ideas to share soon as well… so if you don’t already have it, well, you just might want to get your own. Smile  And also, don’t forget about the Bonus Days promotion that is happening now!  Get the bundle and some adhesive and you get a $5 coupon to use in August.  Sweet!  Get bonus days details here!

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July Bonus Days & New Touches of Texture Card and Tag Ideas

I’ve been busy busy getting ready for my big Craft Garage sale this weekend – if you are in the Bellevue/Seattle area, you should totally come check it out Friday and Saturday from 9-3.   But in the meantime, I had to take a break and share a fabulous new special just started TODAY!  Plus keep scrolling to check out some fun projects made with the new Touches of Texture stamp set. Smile


Bonus Days Start Today!

We all love getting fun new goodies and we all love getting cool stuff for free… so who wouldn’t love combining those and getting a $5 gift certificate for every $50 you order?!  Here is the scoop:

  • From July 7th-31st, you’ll earn a $5 gift certificate for every $50 you spend with me.  So $50= $5 coupon, $100= $10 coupon, $150= $15 in free stampin rewards credit now and $15 in Bonus days coupons for later!
  • There are NO LIMITS to how many coupons your can earn!
  • You can earn these coupons shopping
    – in my online store – www.nwstamper.com/shop
    – by emailing me your order to jennifer@nwstamper.com
    – or hosting an event or calling me
  • Thought about joining my team?  You can even earn Bonus coupons on all your orders you place as a demonstrator in July as well!  So you get your 20% discount PLUS coupons to use in August!  Total score!
  • Coupons can be redeemed from August 2nd –31st the using any of the same shopping methods above

Have more questions?  Just let me know.  But otherwise, have fun shopping!

A Card and a Tag with Touches of Texture

Alright, need some inspiration to get your morning going after that exciting Bonus days news?  I thought I’d share a couple projects I got to make while on the Stampin’ Up Incentive Trip in May.  We had the fun and novel experience doing make and take projects on a cruise ship.  These were some of my fun tablemates while I stamped.

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We got to use the Touches of Texture stamp set and make a couple cards and a tag.  Here is the first card we made…

It is a great quick and easy card since it doesn’t take a lot of supplies but still is fun and interesting.  Now, I’ll admit, this stamp set is one that I totally passed over in the catalog.  You see, I don’t always know what to do with “collage-style” stamp sets.  When you look at the stamp images, they just look like a bunch of random images.  But these projects showed me that the great thing about these sets is that they are designed for you to mis-mash together and it pretty much always looks good!  Now that is an idea I can get behind!  Stamping like a crazy woman and not having my messes not only look intentional, but artsy?  Sign me up! Smile

We stamped a few images from the set for the flower and background splatter.  And if you look at the cardbase, there is another subtle background image too!  Add a strip of the Moroccan designer paper to the top, some Thick baker’s twine, and a sentiment and you are done!  Easy peasy!

And now for a project that looks super fancy, but is even easier!  A Touches of Texture gift tag!

All you have to do is cut a 2” strip (any length will do) from the Moroccan designer paper and punch the end with the Scalloped Tag Topper punch.  Stamp a few flowers from the Touches of Texture stamp set and set aside.

Grab another 2” strip of a different pattern from the Moroccan designer paper and punch BOTH ENDS using the Scalloped Tag Topper punch for a cool background shape.  Stamp you sentiment and punch out with the 2” circle punch and adhere some banners made from yet another Moroccan designer paper pattern and some gold sequins.  Glue them all together and you are done!  But wouldn’t it be a pretty addition to any gift or even the front of a card?  Give it a shot and let me know what you think!

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