December 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit is Lots of Pun!

December 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit is Lots of Pun! Get ready for the new year with all occasion cards.
December 2021 Paper Pumpkin – Lots of Pun!

With the December 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit, quickly switch gears from holiday crafting to all-occasions card making!

What’s not to “loaf” about a punny joke? It never hurts to have a little laughter, light-heartedness, and humor sprinkled into your schedule. So if you’re a fan of fun, get a kick out of clever crafts, and can’t keep it together when you hear a classic knee-slapper, you’ll go bananas over this month’s cute ‘n’ quirky kit!

The Lots of Pun Paper Pumpkin Kit includes enough egg-citing elements to create nine cards and coordinating envelopes. While ranging from giddy gingham to splatters and stripes, this playful Paper Pumpkin kit features a fun and fresh look with one-of-a-kind patterns and designs! Egg-cellent for any occasion, reason, or season throughout the year, the kit’s pun-packed stamp set provides completely customizable characters for a very versatile crafting experience. Pair each stamp with its matching die-cut snack, then mix up the faces and accessories for an absolutely adorable accent!

Pick up your friends and family with pun-filled projects. December’s delightful kit is sure to make ‘em smile!

December Paper Pumpkin Kit Details

Name: Lots of Pun


  • The kit contains enough elements to create 9 cards—3 each of 3 designs—and 9 coordinating envelopes.
  • This all-inclusive kit includes printed card bases, die-cut paper pieces, embellishments, adhesive, and more!
  • Also it includes exclusive stamps: The Lots of Pun builder stamp set! In other words, the included images can be mixed and matched to build a variety of unique characters with different looks and features.
  • Card size: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 x 14 cm)
  • Envelope size: 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ (11.4 x 14.6 cm)
  • Coordinating colors: Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Pool Party, Granny Apple Green, Poppy Parade
  • Includes a Classic Stampin’ Spot

Subscription Information

  • Subscribe for the December Paper Pumpkin Kit from November 11 – December 10, 2021.
  • Supplies may be limited toward the end of the subscription period.

Find out all the details and subscribe to Paper Pumpkin here:

#simplestamping Stampin’ Up! Challenge

#simplestamping is the hashtag for you if you love quick and easy, simple cards. Maybe you’re new to cardmaking or are simply overwhelmed by ALL THE STUFF. Or perhaps your life is jam-packed and you don’t have a lot of time for creativity. Whatever the case, #simplestamping projects get back to the basics.

Each month Stampin’ Up! challenges demonstrators to create cute handmade cards easy enough for new stampers. For the November Stampin’ Up! Challenge, the theme is Thank You. The supplies are just stamps, ink and paper. We’ll be using the Timeless Tropical stamp set today. It’s perfect because it has both images and sentiments in one package!

#simple stamping with the Timeless Tropical Stamp Set. It has 5 images and 5 greetings so you can create easy cards for multiple occasions.
Timeless Tropical Cling Stamp Set

Our ink pad is a Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad, along with Old Olive and Sahara Sand Stampin’ Write Markers. When I started on my stamping journey just over ten years ago, I didn’t own many ink pads. Instead, I purchased the Many Marvelous Markers set. With the marker brush tip I can add multiple ink colors on one stamp. Before stamping, I just breathe on the stamp to re-moisten the ink. This technique is called “Markering”.

#simplestamping Thank You Card

For today’s card the base is Sahara Sand cardstock. In addition, Brights 6 x 6″ Designer Series Paper (Coastal Cabana) creates the “water” for our tropical scene.

Brights Paper (Coastal Cabana)

Gather your supplies to make this easy thank you card to send to someone special. I can feel the tropical breezes already!

Image shows placement of palm trees and Brights paper for the #simplestamping tropical thank you card.

To quickly access a list of supplies, links to purchase them, and information about this card, click the button below. NOTE: The Seasonal Sale starts tomorrow, and includes 10% off cardstock and 15% off ink pads! It’s a perfect opportunity to snag some basic supplies at great prices. See the Seasonal Sale post for all the details.

Card Details

Ready to make this card? Start with an 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of Sahara Sand cardstock. Cut it in half on the long edge to create two 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ card bases. Set one aside for your second card. Score the other at 4-1/4″ and fold. This is the card base for our first card.

Next, color the palm trees from Timeless Tropical with Stampin’ Write markers. Begin with Sahara Sand for the trunks, then add Old Olive on the palm branches. After coloring, breathe on the stamp to remoisten the ink. Then stamp once on the left side, about 1/4″ from the top of the card front. Re-color the stamp and continue the pattern across the front as shown. Be sure to leave space to add the sentiment. But don’t be afraid to stamp off the edge of the card on either the right or the left side! Add the greeting in Soft Suede ink.

After completing the stamping, cut a 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Coastal Cabana paper from the Brights pack. Give it a small simple curve with a paper snips. Then adhere it to the bottom of the card, overlapping the palm tree trunks. By stamping before adding the patterned paper, the trees are anchored by the water. TIP: If you’ve stamped your trees too high, you can adjust the height of the Brights piece to fit.

What do you think? Was this card quick and easy for you? I hope so! If you liked it, go ahead and use your second card base to create another one.

If you want to create three more simple cards with this stamp set, see this Timeless Tropical Trio post.

2021 Seasonal Sale

Stampin’ Up! 2021 Seasonal Sale – Paper, Ink and Dies, Oh My!

2021 Seasonal Sale by Stampin' Up! runs November 16 - 18.

There’s a sale brewing just in time for all your holiday crafting projects! First stock up on basics like ink and cardstock. Then grab that die set or two that you’ve been eyeing. When all your goodies arrive, head straight to the craft room and start creating!

Stamping Basics and More!

Fold, snip, layer, and stamp! Build up your collection of crafting basics—and prepare for another year of top-tier projects—with a steal of a deal on papercrafting products!

2021 Seasonal Sale Details

  • The sale will run for three days only.
  • The discount includes 10% off cardstock, 15% off ink pads (excluding ink pad bundles and third-party pads), and 20% off dies. A few of my favorite basic dies are Stitched So Sweetly and Layering Circles. They are so versatile for greetings, layers and special cards like shakers.
  • The discount applies to products featured in the 2021–2022 Annual Catalog only. Products from the July–December 2021 Mini Catalog are NOT included.
  • The sale is available through both online store purchases and demonstrator orders.
  • Order Period: November 16, 2021 at 12:00 AM (MT) to November 18, 2021 at 11:50 PM (MT)
  • WAIT – THERE’S MORE! If you join our team between November 16th and 18th, you can choose the Seasonal Sale items in your starter kit and save even more!

2021 Seasonal Sale Flyer

Download the Seasonal Sale flyer to use as a checklist. Then mark the cardstock, ink pads and dies on your wish list! On November 16th, you’ll be ready to place your order and save on your crafting supplies.

Join Us

From now until November 30th, you can choose the best deal by joining our team! Not only will you receive a free Paper Pumpkin kit to try out, you’ll also be able to choose $125 in products in your starter kit for just $75! Now THAT’S a GREAT DEAL!!!

PLUS, you won’t have to wait for a sale to get a discount of 20% or more on your favorite crafty goodies.

After you create your starter kit, you can choose whether to just enjoy a hobby or whether you want to create an income stream by building a business. Either way, you’ll become part of a friendly crafting community, enjoy a discount on your supplies, and learn tons about papercrafting! Join the fun!

The Beauty of the Earth Surrounds Us

The beauty of the earth surrounds us in every season. But it is especially noticeable here as summer fades, cooler temperatures arrive, and the autumn leaves change to brilliant hues. Come celebrate a fall birthday with these gorgeous fall colors and a simple card design today.

The Beauty of the Earth paper creates a gorgeous fall background for a simple birthday card design. Embellish it with a few sequins and some bright ribbon for extra pizzazz!
Birthday Card in beautiful fall hues

Beauty of the Earth Birthday Card Details

Begin today’s fall birthday card with an 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ Crumb Cake card base, score at 4-1/4″ and fold. Next, cut another piece of Crumb Cake cardstock to 3-1/2″ x 5″ and emboss it with the Timeworn Type Embossing Folder. Not only does the embossing folder provide texture, it is also a wonderful background that enhances the pattern of the focal piece.

On the other hand, leave the embossed layer off for a clean and simple design. Either way, continue creating the design by cutting a 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ piece of the fall leaf pattern from Beauty of the Earth DSP. Next, snip the bottom edge to create a banner and adhere it. Place the banner about 1/4″ from the left side of the embossed layer if you’re adding one. Alternatively, center it, or position it about 3/4″ from the left side if you’re omitting the extra layer.

For the sentiment, choose two punches or dies for the circles. Cut the smaller one from Basic White cardstock and the other from Merry Merlot cardstock. Stamp the birthday sentiment from Pansy Patch in Merry Merlot ink to coordinate the color scheme.

Finally, have fun embellishing your completed card with gold sequins, a bright bow, or any other goodies from your stash!

Is fall your favorite season? I love both spring and fall! Oh, and summer too! Though I’m not the biggest fan of winter, the snow can be beautiful as well. Enjoy the season, whatever your weather is like today!

For other card ideas using the same DSP see the Frightfully Cute Shaker Card or the Bewitched and Be Dazzling Card from last month.

November 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit: Gifts Galore

Snowman treat packaging in November 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit

Above all, the November 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit – Gifts Galore is a fun way to package up some holiday treats or small gifts to share with family and friends! However, the versatile elements in this kit are also perfect for many other holiday crafting projects.

We all love to see piles of presents on Christmas morning. So make that your reality with the Gifts Galore Paper Pumpkin Kit! Its bright, festive colors, classic Christmas sentiments, charming snowman, and other holiday designs provide everything you need to spread some Christmas cheer!

While the cellophane bags in this kit are food-safe, the packaging is sized for both treats and gifts. In short, there’s plenty of joy to share with Gifts Galore!

November Paper Pumpkin Kit Details

Name: Gifts Galore


  • Kit contains enough supplies to create nine treat packages—three each of three designs—and nine food-safe bags.
  • This all-inclusive kit includes printed die cuts, die-cut boxes, cellophane treat bags, adhesive, and more!
  • Includes an exclusive stamp set and a Classic Stampin’ Spot
  • Coordinating colors: Evening Evergreen, Flirty Flamingo, Old Olive, Pool Party, Poppy Parade

Subscription Information

  • Subscribe for the November Paper Pumpkin Kit from October 11 – November 10, 2021.
  • Supplies may be limited toward the end of the subscription period.

Find out all the details and subscribe to Paper Pumpkin here:

Coloring the Kitchen – CTD665

Coloring the kitchen this week begins with a challenge from The Color Throwdown. It’s been quite some time since I’ve participated in any challenges, but I needed a little push in a different direction today. This week’s challenge is a pastel trio of colors: pink, aqua and lavendar. Since I’ve been working with a lot of Halloween and Christmas colors recently, this color combination is a welcome change!

In addition, the little ghostly cookies inspire me to bake, which in turn brings the What’s Cookin’ Bundle to mind. With its bowl, whisk, spatula and wooden spoon, the creative baking fun in the kitchen can begin! Whether your adventure involves cooking or baking, it’s a wonderful set for decorating cards, recipes, or scrapbook pages.

What’s Cookin’ Stamps and coordinating Cookin’ Dies by Stampin’ Up!

Coloring The Kitchen Card

First of all, I have to ask you – are all the baking utensils in your kitchen color-coordinated? Mine definitely are NOT. In fact, they’re just about every color in the rainbow! So for this challenge I chose an aqua whisk, a purple spatula and a pink bowl, along with a pink checkered tablecloth and a wooden spoon. I think that my three year old grandson, who loves to bake with me, will be happy with this color combination!

Layout for the Coloring the Kitchen card with the What's Cookin' Bundle by Stampin' Up!

Design Elements

Card Base: Blushing Bride cardstock, 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″

Score the cardstock at 4-1/4″ and fold to create the card base.

Coloring the Kitchen Card Layers:

Cut Basic White cardstock to 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″. Then add a small rectangle, about 3″ x 4″, of Coastal Cabana cardstock behind the lower right corner before adhering it to the card base.

Continue to build the baking scene. Firstly, cut a triangle of pretty paper for the tablecloth. This pink checkered pattern is from the retired 2020 Sale-a-Bration Pleased as Punch DSP. Of course, if you’re using a different color scheme, match your kitchen utensils with the tablecloth of your choice! Secondly, stamp the spatula from What’s Cookin’ in Highland Heather ink and the bowl in Blushing Bride ink on Basic White cardstock and die cut them with the Cookin’ Dies.

For the wooden spoon, stamp in Crumb Cake ink on Crumb cake cardstock and die cut it. Also cut the whisk from Coastal Cabana cardstock. Finally, adhere all the pieces to the white layer.

To complete the card, stamp the Happiness is Homemade sentiment in Coastal Cabana in the lower right corner. If desired, add a couple of sequins, such as these Highland Heather flowers from the retired Gingham Gala Sequins pack.

What’s next?

Are you joining a challenge this week? I had fun with the Color Throwdown #665 color palette, and I’m looking forward to joining more challenges in the future. In addition, there will be more creations with the What’s Cookin’ Bundle, such as in this Repurposing Christmas Cards post. What will you be making next? Leave a comment and let us know!

You’re So Sweet … It’s Scary!

You’re So Sweet … It’s Scary is a fun sentiment from the Frightfully Cute Bundle by Stampin’ Up! Combine the greeting with a subtle, not so scary witch, and a cute little cat for a sweet Halloween card.

You're So Sweet...It's Scary card layout showing Halloween patterned paper you can create with the Frightfully Cute Bundle.
You’re So Sweet Halloween Card

Create Your Own Designer Series Paper

Use the Brights Designer Series Paper as the background for a quick card. Firstly, choose from one of four patterns in the paper pack. In order to step up the card design, customize it with your own pretty paper. Just stamp the small bats in Gorgeous Grape ink all over the patterned purple paper!

Photo shows the purple patterns in the Brights Designer Series 6" x 6" Paper pack.
Gorgeous Grape patterns from the Brights DSP

After you choose a pattern and stamp the design, cut a 3″ wide strip diagonally from top left to bottom right. It should be long enough to cover the card front as shown. TIP: Lay the full sheet of 6″ x 6″ paper over the card front to determine how you want the pattern to go. Then trim the right and left side diagonally, approximately the same amount on each side so it is 3″ wide. Finally, adhere it, then trim the edges with a paper snips to fit the card front.

You’re So Sweet … It’s Scary Sentiment and Tag

With the Delightful Tag Topper Punch, you can create three different tag widths, and adjust the length as well! For this tag, cut your Basic White cardstock to 3″ x 2″, then punch one end. Tie the Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon through the hole. Next add the tag near the center of the card, overlapping the patterned purple paper.

Photo shows tags in the three different widths available with the Delightful Tag Topper Punch.
Delightful Tag Topper Punch for tags in three different widths

In addition to the punched tag, die cut the remaining shapes with the Frightful Tags Dies. Begin by stamping the moon in Crushed Curry ink. Use the circular die to cut it out. Also, cut two trees from Basic Black cardstock. Next, adhere the moon and trees as shown on the sample card. Continue to decorate by stamping a cat in Tuxedo Black Memento ink in the bottom center of the tag.

Moving on to the sentiment, stamp the greeting in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Pear Pizzazz cardstock. Die cut the label with the Frightful Tags Dies. Be sure to center the greeting on the right end so that there’s enough room for the witch on the left. With Versamark ink, stamp the witch, then heat emboss with clear embossing powder.

To finish off the card, of course a little bling is perfect! Use the yellow and green jewels from the 2021-2023 In Color Jewels pack to coordinate with the moon and tag.

More Halloween Inspiration

The Frightfully Cute Bundle is perfect for all your Halloween cards and decorations. Find more Halloween inspiration with a Frightfully Cute Shaker Card as well as Bewitched and Be Dazzling

TODAY ONLY – Stamp Sale!

Today only, the stamp set or two you’ve been eyeing could be on sale. The 24-Hour Stamp Sale is our biggest stamp sale of the year, and it’s happening TODAY—20 October! For one day only, you’ll be able to snag select cling stamp sets at a 15% discount Stock up on stamp sets at a stellar price! Photopolymer and host sets are excluded. This short sale only happens once a year—you won’t want to miss out on these super savings!

Which stamp sets are on your Wish List? Which ones would be a perfect gift for a friend? One of my favorites is A Wish for Everything which has sentiments for almost every occasion you will need all year long:

A Wish For Everything Cling Stamp Set – On sale today!

As an example, see a birthday card with this stamp set and the Stitched Triangles Dies here.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a great set for friendship, get well and general encouragement, give the Positive Thoughts set some consideration. The greetings and images in this set are easy to use, especially with the coordinating Nature’s Thoughts Dies.

Positive Thoughts Cling Stamp Set

Ok, make your list, then you’re good to go! Click here to shop, or hit reply if you have any questions for me. I’m happy to help!

A Penguin Party

A penguin party is in full swing today to celebrate a birthday! But it’s cold outside, so they’re dressed with hats and scarves to keep warm. With the Penguin Builder Punch, it’s a snap to create as many penguins as you like. Of course, you’ll also want the Penguin Place stamp set in order to create all of the penguin accessories. So save 10% and purchase both products together in the Penguin Place Bundle!

Image of the Penguin Place stamp set and Penguin Builder Punch.
Penguin Place Bundle: Penguin Place stamp set PLUS Penguin Builder Punch

Creating the Penguin Party Card

A Penguin Party birthday card showing placement of the penguins and all their accessories from the Stampin' Up! Penguin Place Bundle.

In order to create a Penguin Party card, start with a Mint Macaron card base 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Then score it at 4-1/4″ and fold. Using the Penguin Builder Punch, cut five black penguin bodies. Similarly. punch five white bodies. In order to assemble the penguins glue the white and black layers together. Alternatively, stamp the penguins with Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Basic White cardstock. Then punch out the penguin bodies. Either way you’ll have five cute penguins to decorate!

Continue by stamping the eyes, noses, balloons, hats, scarves, gifts, etc. Snip these accessories with a Paper Snips, a must-have tool for your stamp room!

Click the button below for more details. There’s a list of all the products used and instructions, as well as links to purchase any items you may need.

Penguin Inspiration

For more penguin inspiration, see the Penguin Playmates Series which begins here. This series demonstrates how to use various size pieces of Designer Series Paper in card layouts. Although the featured paper is no longer available, you can use any paper for the layouts. Just change the colors, elements and embellishments to use what you have!

What will you create today? We’d love to see what you’re working on. Leave a comment below to share what you’re making today!

Frightfully Cute Shaker Card

A Frightfully Cute Shaker Card is fun to make and even more fun to shake! Use the orange shades in Sequins for Everything to fill this shaker. They are perfect for our Halloween card! Then add a touch of gold with some Gold Shimmer Ribbon to accent the sparkly sequins.

For some spooky texture, die cut the spider web with Snowy White Velvet paper. Don’t forget to stamp the bats and spider too!

Frightfully Cute Shaker Card showing the position of the shaker, spider web and greeting.

Frightfully Cute Shaker Card Recipe

Begin creating the shaker card by cutting Night of Navy cardstock for a standard card base, 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Score at 4-1/4″ and fold. Next cut Beauty of the Earth Designer Series Paper to 4″ x 4″. Also cut Misty Moonlight cardstock to 1-3/8″ x 4″. Adhere the Designer series Paper and Misty Moonlight piece together with multipurpose glue, overlapping just slightly. Set this piece aside while stamping the shaker piece.

Preparing the Shaker Pieces

To build the shaker, firstly stamp the circular image from Frightfully Cute in Bumblebee ink on Basic White cardstock. Secondly, die cut the circle with the Frightful Tags Die. Thirdly, use Layering Circles Dies to die cut a hole in the background piece you created in the previous step. Also cut a Night of Navy circular frame using the same size circle as the Bumblebee piece, and one slightly larger. This will cover the ribbon edges once the shaker is finished.

Adhere a small piece of Window Sheet on the back of the hole. Then cut a small piece of Gold Shimmer Ribbon for the left side of the hole, and a larger piece for the right. Attach the ribbon, wrapping a small amount around to the back of the panel. Once the ribbon is on, place the Night of Navy frame over the window sheet, covering the ribbon ends.

For some spooky texture, die cut a spider web from Snowy White Velvet Paper with the Frightful Tags Dies. Adhere the spider web with a few dabs of multipurpose glue. Finish the background by stamping some bats in black ink, and of course, you’ll want to add a spider or two also. Finally, stamp the sentiment in black ink on a scrap of white cardstock and glue it at the bottom center of the panel.

Raising the Front Panel

The next step is to position the Bumblebee circle beneath the die cut hole and glue it to the card base. Afterwards, add Foam Adhesive Strips around the outside of the Bumblebee circle, adhering them only to the circle, and not to the top panel. Additionally, add foam strips around the perimeter and interior of the top panel.

Put Sequins For Everything on top of the Bumblebee circle, then remove the paper from all the adhesive foam strips and carefully lay the top panel in position over the card base. Then shake, shake, shake your Frightfully Cute card!

For a list of all the products used in this post, click the button below.

For more Halloween fun, be sure to check out the Bewitched and Be Dazzling post!

Repurposing Christmas Cards

Repurposing Christmas cards by making them into new cards is one of the most popular ways to keep them from cluttering your home. While you could just recycle them, why not give card-making a try? You’ll create a fresh original Christmas card with your own special touches!

For this craft, start by simply cutting your favorite elements from the old cards. For example, cut a scene, a greeting, or a cute picture. Perhaps there is a sentiment set you haven’ t used much (or at all!) yet. Look through your old cards to see if you have images that would coordinate perfectly with the greetings.

In order to transform your card, choose cardstock for your new creation in a coordinating color. In addition, find a sentiment, background, and embellishments. Two examples are shown below to get you started.

Religious Themed Card Scene

Firstly cut a larger image down to fit a standard card front, which is 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. Use a paper trimmer, or alternatively a die cutting machine with dies, such as these Stitched Rectangles Dies. Then mount your image on the card front with multipurpose glue, or other adhesive.

Finally add a sentiment, like this one from For Unto Us. For an ornate image, such as the red and gold one below, heat-emboss the greeting with Gold embossing powder to match the background. If you haven’t tried heat embossing yet, get more details in this post. Of course stamping the sentiment in a coordinating color works too, but the embossing is so elegant!

Repurposing Christmas Cards with a religious theme - example.

Repurposing Christmas Cards by Cutting Out Elements

Sometimes there are just a couple elements that you want to save from an old greeting card. For this card, it is these smiling gingerbread people. To create a new card with them, cut a piece of silver foil for the background. Then score it 1/4″ from the edge all the way around to resemble a baking sheet. Add the cutouts, then stamp and die cut a spatula and rolling pin. Lastly add the die cuts and a greeting with the What’s Cookin’ Bundle from the Stampin’ Up! 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. As a result, the cute gingerbread people have a new life and you have a cute card to send!

Example of repurposing Christmas cards by cutting out elements.

Featured Stamp Sets: For Unto Us, What’s Cookin’

The sentiments in the For Unto Us stamp set have beautiful fonts as shown below. Use them for both the outside and inside of your repurposed cards. For example, the first card above has “oh, come let us adore him” heat embossed in gold on the inside.

Sentiment images from the Stampin' Up! For Unto Us stamp set.
For Unto Us stamp set by Stampin’ Up!

Alternatively, build creative kitchen cooking and baking scenes with the What’s Cookin’ bundle of stamps and dies. While the dies cut out some stamped images from the coordinating set, there are several additional elements included, such as the cutting board and whisk. The bundle includes 10% savings over buying the two products separately.

Cooking and baking images and coordinating dies in the Stampin' Up! What's Cookin' Bundle.
What’s Cookin’ Bundle: What’s Cookin’ stamp set and Cookin’ Dies by Stampin’ Up!

In conclusion, repurposing Christmas cards can be as simple as adding a greeting. Or it can mean embellishing with as many additional elements as you like! Are you ready to try it today? Leave a comment below and let us know what you are creating!

Delightful Snowflakes

Delightful Snowflakes are the backdrop for these two prancing deer Christmas cards today! Are you a fan of snow? Do you get excited when the first snowflakes of the season begin to flutter from the sky? Perhaps you anticipate cross-country or downhill skiing, snowboarding, or building snowmen and snow forts.

Whether you’re a snow lover or a snow bird, these prancing deer in a snowy scene can fit the bill for your holiday greetings to friends and family. Look through your stash for some snowflake paper, or make your own! Then, based on the colors in your paper, design with a traditional or non-traditional color scheme. For example, see one sample of each type below.

Traditional Color Scheme

First of all, starting with traditional red and green Christmas colors, we will create the same card in two color schemes. To begin, gather a standard 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ card base, two pieces of patterned paper that coordinate with each other and the Peaceful Deer Bundle. Snowflake patterns work great, but if you don’t have any, the next card shows how to create some. In addition, choose one or two ink pads for the deer and sentiment, and a couple of embellishments.

For the background layer at the top of the card, cut a 2″ x 5-1/4″ piece of your first patterned paper. Cut a 3″ x 4″ rectangle of your second pattern. Stamp and punch two deer, with or without antlers, with the Peaceful Deer Bundle.

Assemble the card base and patterned paper as shown below. Add the deer, a sentiment and a few rhinestones, and you’re done!

Delightful Snowflake Traditional Color Christmas Card

Delightful Snowflakes – Non-Traditional Colors

In contrast, if you prefer less traditional colors, you can use the same layout but change the color scheme. If you don’t have paper with snowflakes, choose a patterned paper such as the Coastal Cabana paper from the Brights Collection. Heat emboss snowflakes from Snowflake Wishes with Versamark ink, white embossing powder, and a heat tool. If you prefer to stamp and die cut snowflakes, the Snowflake Wishes stamp set has coordinating So Many Snowflakes Dies. For all products and cutting dimensions to make this card, click the link below the photo.

Non-Traditional Snowflake Christmas Card

For more Christmas Card Ideas and layouts, see the Penguin Playmates Card Series.

So which version of Delightful Snowflakes do you prefer: traditional or non-traditional? Let me know in the comments!

Timeless Tulips Sympathy Card

Timeless Tulips is a beautiful stamp set for sympathy cards. While there are sentiments for other occasions, such as birthday and get well, we need cards for the not so happy times too. Be sure to have some on hand because they’re so difficult to make when you’re mourning.

Starting with a white card base, first add a dark layer with the Gorgeous Grape cardstock. Then lighten things up again with a white panel enhanced with a narrow strip of Hand Penned Designer Series Paper.

Stamp tulips from Timeless Tulips in Gorgeous Grape and Old Olive ink, and a sentiment in Highland Heather ink. Next, punch out the large tulip and leaf with the Tulip Builder Punch. Finally, finish off the focal image by tying a bow with Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon. It’s so easy to work with!

In order to embellish your card with a little extra interest, pop on a few Pastel Pearls. These pearls come in four colors. For a little contrast, choose the Highland Heather ones. On the other hand, to match the tulips, Gorgeous Grape ones also work.

For complete cutting and assembly instructions, click the link below the card photo.

Timeless Tulips Sympathy Card

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Timeless Tulips Card Supplies

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October 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit

Peaceful Christmas

The October 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit – Peaceful Christmas is the perfect project kit for girlfriend or family get-togethers! Because these craft kits are all-inclusive, it’s so easy to craft while you snack and chat.

When you picture a peaceful Christmas, what comes to mind? Do you see snow softly swirling outside your window? A tree trimmed with tinsel? Or perhaps a fire crackling nearby? Can you catch a whiff of Christmas cookies wafting through the air?

Whatever you think about when Christmas comes to town, picture a peaceful Christmas with the Peaceful Christmas Paper Pumpkin Kit! This glimmering and gleaming kit is your creative kickstart to Christmas cardmaking. Sprinkles of snow, shimmering silver skies, and heartwarming holiday wishes are all here. And you’ll have enough elements and embellishments to create 10 Christmas cards and coordinating envelopes.

Speaking of coordination, make even more Christmas magic with Peaceful Place products! Our stunning Peaceful Place Suite Collection (item 156277) pairs perfectly with the kit’s components. Brew some cups of cocoa, gather with your friends, and prepare for a cozy craft night in!

October 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit Details

Name: Peaceful Christmas


  • The kit contains enough elements to create 10 Christmas cards—5 each of 2 designs—and coordinating envelopes. This all-inclusive kit includes printed card bases, die-cut paper pieces, embellishments, adhesive, and more!
  • October’s kit arrives in a cute collectible box covered with enchanting evergreen trees. Use this special, limited-edition box to store your holiday handicrafts, or transform it into a well-wrapped package for a present!
  • The kit’s contents pair perfectly with the Peaceful Place Suite Collection (item 156277). To continue your Christmas crafting, combine the kit’s components with the suite’s patterned paper, shimmery sequins, and more!
  • Card size: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.8 x 14 cm)
  • Envelope size: 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ (11.4 x 14.6 cm)
  • Coordinating colors: Basic Gray, Real Red, Shaded Spruce, silver foil

Subscription Information

  • Subscribe for the October Paper Pumpkin Kit from September 11 – October 10, 2021.
  • Supplies may be limited toward the end of the subscription period.

Find out all the details and subscribe to Paper Pumpkin here:

October 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit – Peaceful Christmas

Trifold Shutter Cards

Trifold Shutter cards are a fun-fold card that looks difficult to make, but is actually fairly simple. Once you’ve mastered the scoring and folding, the rest is easy. Just decorate your card with pretty paper!

Scoring and Cutting

Let’s see how to make this fun-fold card. Begin with a 5-1/2″ x 12″ piece of Calypso Coral Cardstock. On the 12″ side, score at 2″, 4″, 8″ and 10″. Put the 5-1/2″ side in the paper trimmer at the 1-1/2″ mark. Cut between the 2″ and 10″ score lines. Flip the paper and cut again. See diagram below.

Trifold Shutter Card cutting and scoring diagram.

Trifold Shutter Card Folds

Next, fold the outer sections, alternating a mountain fold, then a valley fold. So the mountain folds will be on the 2″ and 8″ score lines, and the valley folds on the 4″ and 10″ score lines. The center section will have a mountain fold on the 4″ score line, and a valley fold on the 8″ score line. As a result, the middle section of the card is folded in the opposite direction of the outer sections. When finished, your folded cardstock should look like the photo below.

Trifold Shutter Card showing completed folds.

Decorating Trifold Shutter Cards Two Ways

For the first birthday card, create a mat for the front and back panel. Decorate the other sections with the Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper. Stamp the greeting from Pansy Patch in the center panel. Then add a few 2021-2023 In Color Jewels (Polished Pink) to the front center section for a cute accent. For cutting dimensions and product information, click the link below.

Trifold Shutter Card with Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper.
Love Those Pansies Birthday Card
Button to buy 2021-2023 In Color Jewels.
2021-2023 In Color Jewels

Alternative Pansy Petals Design

Like the first card, mat the front and back panel, but also add mats to the two center sections. Similarly, choose patterns from the Pansy Petals DSP to decorate all the other sections. For both cards, die cut the four pansies with the Pansy Dies.

So, the only stamping is for the greeting. Add your sentiment wherever you like it. For example, on the first sample, you stamp on the white cardstock. On the other hand, for the second sample you stamp the sentiment on a second piece of cardstock and add it over the Pansy Petals paper on the front.

Trifold Shutter Card with matted Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper.
In the Pansy Patch Card

Crafty Savings Tip

When browsing the Stampin’ Up! catalog, look for bundled savings. There’s one section in the back of the catalog that features punch bundles and another for die bundles. Whenever you purchase these coordinating products together, you save 10%. If you are shopping online, you’ll find bundled savings here.

More Fun Fold Cards

Ready to try another fun fold? Check out these Gatefold and Drapery Fold cards.