June 2015 Paper Pumpkin

 June Paper Pumpkin (Yes, I know it’s nearly the end of July already!) Sneak Peek Subscriptions Are you a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? I’ve subscribed off and on over the last few years and I’m definitely more impressed with the quality of the kits I’ve received in the last year than the initial kits. They are well worth the price, since you receive a stamp set, at least one ink spot, all the projects pieces with accessories, plus shipping is included. Beginning tomorrow, they’re an even better deal. Deal Details From July 23-September 10, Stampin’ Up! is having a half-off sale for…

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Glass Block Stamping

Monday CASE of a Pretty Flower Block Card Lately, my time for stamping has been quite limited with all the gardens calling to me for daily weeding and nurturing. So I find myself looking for cards to case to get my creativity jump-started quickly. Here’s the one I found today: I love the colors, flowers and graphics. My goal was to create a similar effect with glass-block stamping and some Stampin’ Up stamps and re-inkers. I had so much fun, and this is what I created. Tips and Tricks Vary the sizes and shapes of your glass blocks and stamp…

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You Rock

While I was busy creating the You and Me card the other day, I created a ‘You Rock’ card as well. Once again, it doesn’t look anything like the original card, but here it is in all its glory. 🙂 It features the Adventure Bound paper and the Stampin’ Up! Sheltering Tree stamp. The tree leaves are embossed in silver then daubed with summer starfruit and certainly celery ink. I had an idea about creating “splashy” water with pool party embossing and the Gorgeous Grunge stamp, but I’m not sure I like the way it turned out. I think the…

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Adventure Bound Case

Last night I went down to my craft room because I was inspired by this card on Pinterest and wanted to CASE it. So I pulled out the Adventure Bound paper stack, looking for the rock paper. I had an idea about using the rocks along the bottom of the paper like rocks by the sea, but after I cut the paper, the card just wasn’t coming together. SOOOO, I …. Chose a different paper from the paper stack Cut it to 5-1/4″ x 4″ Cut a piece of Natural Ivory card stock to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ for the card…

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Best Day Ever Happy Dance

Do free crafting products make you dance? I love to create things, and when I get free products to make them with, I do a little happy dance! That’s what happened when I received the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper and the coordinating Best Day Ever Stamp set during Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-a-Bration. (If I mix up Best Day Ever and Best Year Ever, please forgive me. Why couldn’t they both have the same name to make it easier for confuzzled brains like mine to remember?) I’ve already shown you some easy card samples with the Best Year Ever paper…

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PPA 240 You Brighten My Day!

You Light Up My Life & Brighten My Day!

On a gray winter day in Wisconsin, whose day couldn’t use a little brightening? Today I played along with the Pals Paper Arts Challenge (PPA240) and this sketch:
Last week, as I was twiddling around an idea about how I could combine the sentiments I love from two different stamp sets, I saw this PPA sketch and decided to try it out. So here’s what happened…
Simple.
Bright yellow contrasted with winter gray.
A little cut with the paper trimmer.
Punch, punch, punch.
Add a little washi tape.
Done.
Will you brighten someone’s day with a handmade card today?
Hope so.
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Paper Pumpkin Parts Produce Pretty Patterns

Take a few scraps and leftover pieces from Paper Pumpkin kits and put them together. Ta-da! A bright, pretty patterned card, full of hearts and love:   Hope that cheers you up on a cold winter day! Happy Stamping!

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Have You Used Your Paper Pumpkin Pieces?

Use Every Piece of Your Paper Pumpkin! Do you ever finish creating a kit and have some pieces left over? I’m always behind on putting my Paper Pumpkin kits together! Sometimes I’m not even sure which kit the parts came from 🙂 So recently, I put together a card to clean up some leftovers on my table. It’s fun to mix and match the pieces to come up with a card like this: Love Notes One of the kits I used is the from the Love Notes Paper Pumpkin, January 2014, including the fancy card base with the triangles cut…

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Stampin’ Up! Another Side to Best Year Ever!

In the past few days I’ve shown a couple of cards with one sheet of paper from the Best Year Ever package, available as a FREE ITEM when your Stampin’ Up! order reaches $50 (before tax & shipping). Today I’m excited to show you the reverse side of this paper used to create two easy cards. Here’s the first one: This card is very quick and I love the bokeh effect on this paper! Cut an 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheet of Coastal Cabana card stock into two 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ card bases. We’ll use one for this card, and one…

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Merry Little Wish Bag

No time to make a card today, but I found a little time this week to finish up a couple of Paper Pumpkin bags that were left over in my craft room from the In the Bag Kit: The first one just uses the circles and letters from the kit, and may get more embellishments at a later date. It’s looking a wee bit plain for a party bag 🙂   For the second one, I turned the blue circles over and used the plain white side, then added circles of wild wasabi behind the letters. I cut a star…

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Everyday Occasions Cards – Day 4

After the workshop I mentioned on Day 1 of this series, I had 10 card bases left. I made three additional 3”x3” thank you cards to complete the set of 4 small cards yesterday, so now I only have one of the original card bases left. BUT I still have LOTS of tags & embellishments! First I’ll share the last card I made from the kit card bases: Card #13: This one is very similar to the sample, but I exchanged a glimmer paper circle for the scalloped circle and added a silver glimmer heart. Whew! 13 cards done, and I…

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Everyday Occasions Cards – Day 2

Don’t forget to check the great weekly deals available this week! The links are in the sidebar, or just click the Shop Now button to go to my online store and select Weekly Deals. Yesterday I shared the first four cards I created with the Everyday Occasions kit after my last workshop. Today I have four more for you:   Card #5: On this card, I simply added an arrow clip to the top of the tag. Since my tag is larger than the sample, the top looked “naked”, so the clip added that extra ‘sumpin’.   Card #6: No…

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Everyday Occasions Cards – Day 1

About a week ago, I held my first workshop where I used a kit as the creative inspiration and it was loads of fun! Before the group arrived, I opened the Everyday Occasions kit, laid out all the card bases together and displayed the stamps and embellishments from the set. Then I added scissors, adhesive, and the two full size stamp pads that matched the ink spots (Island Indigo and Basic Gray). I also put out the Stampin’ mist and Stampin’ Scrub so they could easily change ink colors whenever they wanted. Once everyone arrived and settled in, I covered…

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You’re One of a Kind

In my last post, I challenged you to change out the paper and ink and create a flowery card for someone special. This is the new version I created in summery colors, using paper from Birthday Basics that has a butterfly-like pattern to it. I love the gumball green and crisp cantaloupe together!  Both cards used a half doily as the background for the sentiment, but they are two different sizes with different lace patterns. Which one is your favorite? Product List A Dozen Thoughts Clear-Mount Stamp Set [131059] Papillon Potpourri Clear-Mount Stamp Set [123759] Petite Petals [clear] [133155] Crisp Cantaloupe…

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Glad for flowers and companions

Anytime you’re feeling low, take a walk in a flower garden and it’s sure to brighten your day! There are so many colors and varieties, with fragrances to delight your senses. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot a butterfly fluttering here and there from blossom to blossom! Now go to your crafting space, and create a flowery card for someone you care about. For this card, I used a retired set called Bloomin’ Marvelous because the images fit so well with the Tea for Two designer series paper and the oval framelits, and I love the sentiment. You could easily recreate…

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