Saturday, April 29, 2017

Eastern Palace Suite

Eastern Palace Suite

I am so excited about this Sneak Peak Promotion from Stampin’ Up!  Not only can you get a new stamp set early, but with the below bundle options WOWZA!  It’s a deal! Both bundles include FREE product!!!

I have a class scheduled for this promotion, part of my regular Stack Attack class, but with an option to order one of the bundles in advance with bonus card(s) for each order. 
Friday, May 19th, at 6:30 pm or
Saturday, May 20th, at 11 am. 
Bundle orders must be to me, with payment, by May 12th in order to allow time for delivery, or order your products via my website using Hostess Code UDZNXFQJ for class credits. (be sure to order by 5/12 and bring products to class.)

Here are the three cards everyone will make in class (with or without purchasing a bundle in advance). Class fee without Bundle is $10.  If you pre-order the bundle with me, or using the Hostess Code above, there is no fee.

Eastern Palace Starter Bundle – perfect for the beginning crafter!

Purchasing this bundle before class includes the extra Note Card project shown below:

Bundle: 147196

Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set
$60.50 USD
Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)
Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)
Fresh Fig Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)
Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes (new!)

Eastern Palace Premier Bundle – perfect for the avid crafter!

Purchasing this bundle before class includes the extra note card above and the TWO extra card shown below:

Bundle: 147207

Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set
$103.50 USD
Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
Eastern Palace Cardstock Pack
Mini Tassels Assortment
Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
Lemon Lime Twist Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)
Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)
Fresh Fig Classic Stampin’ Pad (new In Color!)
Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies
Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes
Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock (new!)

I'm SO EXCITED about the New THICK Very Vanilla card stock!!

Please be sure to sign up for class TODAY, space is limited.  Please let me know which class you plan to attend - Friday or Saturday!  You may order the bundles at that time direct from me, or order your products via my website using Hostess Code UDZNXFQJ for class credits. 

Hugs, Karie

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Floral Phrases, Floral Boutique

Floral Phrases

The stamp set Floral Phrases has the most beautiful layout in the catalog (pages 76 & 77).  It shows the matching Designer Series Paper (DSP) and Washi Tape, both called Floral Boutique, and the matching Thinlits Die, Detailed Floral.   Today I am showing you how easily you can use the stamp set and DSP to create fast cards.  However, because the stamp set is in a bundle with the Thinlits Dies, I don’t want you to miss out on saving 10% before the catalog ends.  When the new catalog goes live the special bundle option will no longer be available.

Simple Construction, cut the DSP into three 4" strips then trim at 5.25" cut the final piece into 1/2" strips to use as an accent or border. Cut Whisper White card stock at 3.25" x 2.5" for each card.  For the card bases I used THICK Whisper White and Night of Navy card stock.  A few cards I matted with Night of Navy as well.  The first card I embossed the DSP with the Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, but almost any folder will work.

Above shows how easily a sentiment can fit on a strip of DSP

 Above shows a close up of the Basic Rhinestones on the border strip.

This strip above the sentiment includes Basic Rhinestones to add a bit of bling.

I will share some ideas with the Thinlits soon!

Hugs, Karie

Saturday, April 15, 2017

2017 - Autism Matters Blog Hop #2

Autism Speaks

I am honored to be taking part in this Autism Awareness Blog Hope. Although I have not had anyone in my immediate family who has been touched by Autism, a few of my friends have been. 

What Is Autism?

Autism is a complex developmental disorder that that has three core features:

1)      Problems with social interations

2)    Impaired verbal and nonverbal communication

3)     A pattern of repetive behavior with narrow, restricted interests.

Autism Fact:  Autism was initially called “Early Infantile Autism” or “Kanner’s Syndrome.

I hope you will consider donating using the link below.  Even a $1 or $2 would be greatly appreciated.

Autism Colors: Red, Blue and Yellow

Below are few fun card samples using the Autism Colors. I hope they inspire you.

I used these Stampin’ Up! Colors to represent the Autism colors of Red Melon Mambo, Blue Tempting Turquoise & Marina Mist and Yellow Delightful Dejon & Crushed Colors.

Thank you for visiting and any donation you may consider.

Hugs, Karie Beglau

Check out these other Autism Blog Hoppers -

Lori Schaefer Mueller --

Friday, March 24, 2017

Hey Chick Sale-a-bration stamp set

A quick share today of a fun card made using the FREE Sale-a-bration stamp set “Hey Chick” (Wood #143328 & Clear-mount #143331) Which you can get with just a $50 product order until March 31st.

The ‘chicken wire’ was made with the Watercolor Pencils (#141709 $16.) and the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (#143231 $9).  To emboss the wire I used an dried out blender pen dipped into a dab of VersaMark refill and adding it to the deepest crevice of the folder before embossing with the big shot.  This will allow the embossing powder to stick before you heat set it..  The heart is the from the Metallic Enamel Shapes (#141678 $7)

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Hugs, Karie B.
#Saleabration #stampinup #heychick #chickenwire #heatemboss

Monday, March 20, 2017

Paper Pumpkin - Feb 2017 Pull Box

Paper Pumpkin Alternative

Hello Again,

I wanted to share a quick video and a few alternative ideas for the February, 2017, Paper Pumpkin Kit.  The video is a bit rushed becausewell, it’s a been a while since I’ve uploaded one to YouTube and I am working on a learning curve to remember how.

Grab some popcorn and try not to laugh at my 'floppy' demo version of the box! 

Below is the completed Pull Box

Here are the supplies and suggested card design in the kit:

 Below are photos of other alternative ideas for the February Kit:

For Him above

Two for Celebrating below

For the below card I put the words Happy Birthday To You on the "I" Block in a straight line and stamped it onto the Delightful Dejon card stock with the same color ink, then realigned the words for the oval (Stitched Shapes) sentiment in Night Of Nave ink.

Both the Above and the Below use the stamp set; Blooms & Wishes

I hope you enjoyed my crazy rushed and silly video!  More to come soon!!

Hugs, Karie Beglau

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Throwback Thursday

As I am working on my blog posts I realized that I have a lot of photographs that you may have never seen.  What a perfect time to share them with you.  Although some of the products used might be retired, I thought you might own them, or something similar, so you would be able to recreate any projects I might share with you.  I hope you enjoy my walks down memory lane.

This Thursday I am sharing the Bridal Shower card I made for my daughter a few years ago.  It’s a pop-up card and I spent a bit of time on them even making the back of the dress because it could be seen in the mirror (made with foil paper, not actual mirror).  Also, if you look closely, you will that there is a photo of my daughter and her then fiancée. Their wedding colors were Navy, Rust, and Gray.  The invitation was a big hit with family & friends, but most importantly, my daughter loved them.



             I am adding photos of my husband, Michael, me,
Paul (fiancée), Britnie (Bride-to-be)
and our son, Adam at the Bridal Shower.

I thought I would include a photo of the bride & groom just after the I do’s.
There were married under the same tree that Paul's parents were
married under.  It's in his parents backyard garden.

I'll share more oldies but goodies with you soon. 

Until Next Time,  


Saturday, February 25, 2017


C.A.S.E. = Copy And Stamp Everything

I admit it, I copy ideas from other people.  Isn't that why we follow blogs and spend time on Pinterest?  Sure it is!  As crafters we love to share our projects and we always hope someone will want to make it themselves.  That's part of the Fun!  

Today :I copied directly from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog, page 23, that uses the Sweet Cupcake stamp set and matching Cupcake Cutouts Framelits Dies, page 192. You can save 10% when you buy the bundle, which will not be an option after the current catalog ends on May 31, 2017.

C.A.S.E.-ing is perfectly acceptable and you will be surprised how it sparks new ideas on different ways to tweak the project and make it your own.  I did that with the card in the 2nd photo below.  

The background on this card is actually pieces that are cut using the matching Thinlit dies.  They look awesome, but I would put this one as an intermediate to advanced crafter level..  Also, each piece of the cupcake is die-cut too.  

Above is basically thee same card, but it's fast and there is nothing
die-cut, although the background does use the Confetti Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, page 195.  

So go ahead....C.A.S.E. IT!


Karie Beglau

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Getting Back To Business!

Getting Back to Business!

Hello Again,

It has been a whilea long whilesince I have posted to my blog.  I thought I would give you a heads up that I am coming back and will be working my Stampin’ Up! Business Full-time Again!  I am very excited, however, there are some kinks in my scheduling that I am still working on.  The photos below show some of my organizational preparations so that you know I really am working to supply you with fun ideas on a regular basis very soon.  However, if you’re interested in the details of our new life, .scroll down to read the story of how & why I am able to be back.


This is my scheduling 'system' and it is a work in progress
...but it's getting there!

Now for those who are interested....Here’s the story:

Background - As many of you know I returned to working outside the home in 2011 and did so full-time in 2013.  As you can clearly see by reviewing my previous blog postings, my time on my blog reduced pretty rapidly.  It has always made me sad that this was something I needed to temporarily let go.  Because of  my back issues I just couldn’t work all day then work SU in the evening.  That left weekends and, since I don’t work on Sunday, it was really only Saturday’s for the most part.  That and holding a few of my regular classes and occasional hostess events kept me as busy as I could handle. (Just one of the great things about being a demonstrator is the flexibility that allowed me to adjust my business). 

Times Change, as they always do, and as of January, 2017, I stopped working at my other job so that we could take care of my husband’s mother, Marilyn, although I call her mom.

My husband, Michael, and his mom, Marilyn, this Christmas

It was a BIG decision but one my husband and I had spent a lot of time praying about as we watched the decline and in her vision and her memory and conversations with Larry over the years.  Mom has lived with her friend, Larry, for over 13 years and when he developed heart issues he realized (and at his doctors insistence) that caring for himself was hard enough.  Although he didn’t want to do it, he knew he could not keep her with him all the time.  It was pretty heart breaking for both of them.  They now try to spend one week a month together as his health allows.  Sadly, he lives about a 4 hour drive away so daily visits just don’t work.   Here they are celebrating mom’s 83rd birthday at a favorite hang-out near Larry’s house in early February, 2017

Marilyn (mom) and Larry, Feb. 2017

Although her decline seems to roller coaster from good days to not-so-good days, and her memory loss means that we have repeat conversations throughout the day as if they were new, we are blessed to have her with us. It is not really hard, but it is tedious most of the time.  We find that our love for her smoothes away any issues of that kind.  We pray that she can spend the rest of her days here with us and, if you are so inclined, prayers for our ability to do so would be greatly appreciated.

Periodically I will post updates about my life with Mom to keep you all informed.  If you read this far, let me know.  I hope you will be patient with me as we adjust to our new way of life.

Mom & Me last week enjoying the almost 70 degrees in Michigan
In FEBRUARY?!  It was wonderful to get her out in the fresh air.

Until Next Time,


   Karie Beglau