Friday, September 26, 2014

Stampin' Up - Adding Some Handmade to Your Next Celebration {Giveaway}

School is back in session, and, along with the books and homework, the invitations to the class birthday parties are starting to roll in. I'm seeing more of a trend towards kids choosing a charity to support with their party, where guests make a donation to the cause in lieu of a gift. This is such a wonderful idea, encouraging children to appreciate what they already have as well as developing an understanding of the importance of giving back and helping others who aren't as fortunate.

But even when we attend a party where gifts aren't allowed we like to bring a special card for the birthday child to let them know we're thinking of them. And Boo especially enjoys making these cards himself, with his own personal touches. He's been using construction paper, markers, sparkles and stickers up til now. Last week though we tried out something new - a card making kit from Stampin' Up.

The Stampin' Up Everyday Occasions Kit comes with a great variety of 20 card blanks in different sizes and patterns, along with pre-cut embellishments, twine, clips, adhesive dots, and more. Boo particularly liked the sparkle embellishments. I have some super crafty friends who have machines to cut their own designs, but pre-cut is more my speed. Hearts, feathers, banners, labels and more to decorate your cards and envelopes. I played around and put this simple card together in a couple of minutes. The most difficult part was choosing from among all the beautiful patterns.

The embellishments can be applied with the sticky dots for a raised effect. I used those on the banner but grabbed a glue stick for the hearts.

Boo made this card for his friend's birthday. There wasn't a party, but we were spending the day after his special day with him, so Boo wanted to acknowledge it with a card. He was keen to use the stamps, so he chose this Happy Birthday message and applied it to a banner for the front of his card. The stamp kit came with two colours of ink pads and a set of stamps including phrases such as "Congratulations" and "Thinking of You." Lots of options for different occasions.

Notice the 8 year-old boy fingerprint - neither the giver for the recipient seemed to mind. Boo used a sparkle circle to fancy up the envelope as well. This kid loves glitter!

These cards were so easy and quick to make. Since everything is pre-cut and your adhesives are either the sticky dots (Stampin' Spots to use their real name) or a glue stick there's really no mess. Unless you get your 8yo fingers into the ink. And you end up with a unique creation your recipient is sure to appreciate. Given the number of birthdays I'm sure we'll be looking at in the coming months, I expect this kit will see a lot of use!

For more information on Stampin' Up and their full line of products, you can visit their website or connect with them on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

A Giveaway

One lucky Raising My Boys reader will receive a Stampin' Up kit, just like the one I've been enjoying. It is valued at approximately $100 and includes:
  • 1 Everyday Occasions Cardmaking kit – cardstock and envelopes for 20 cards, twine, buttons and clips, precut paper embellishments, Stampin’ Spots, 7-piece Occasions 
  • 1 Stamp Set & clear stamp block, full color Tips & Tricks brochure for making the cards and a cool, storable, giftable box. 
  • 1 Documented Journal from the This And That collection – debossed chipboard cover and 60 total printed sheets 
  • 1 Rotary stamp – includes dates and 12 clever and useful phrases
Entries for this great prize are via the Rafflecopter widget below and will be accepted until 12:00 midnight EDT, October 10. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, including Quebec. Best of luck!

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Disclosure: I received complimentary product to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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