Glittered Greetings Paper Pumpkin Cards

Finally, I had a chance to put together some of my past Paper Pumpkin kits! Today I’m sharing a couple of cards using the March 2014 Glittered Greetings kit.

On some I used the wooden elements, and on others, the striped cardstock and the gold glitter dots.


The Season’s Greetings card uses a star and strip of silver glimmer paper, a greeting from the Bright & Beautiful stamp set stamped in Melon Mambo ink, the tree from Scentsational Season stamped in Bermuda Bay and another tree cut with the Holiday Collection Framelits from Winter Frost Designer Series paper and popped up with a Stampin’ Dimensional.

The Christmas Bliss sentiment is from the Christmas Bliss photopolymer set (love it!) and is also stamped in Melon Mambo. The gold glimmer dots are from the Paper Pumpkin kit. The stars were cut with the star Framelits (large one is Bermuda Bay, small one is whisper white stamped with Versamark using a stamp from the Work of Art stamp set, then heat embossed with Irridescent Ice embossing powder).

The third Christmas card also used a star framelit, a snowflake stamped in Coastal Cabana ink and popped up with a Stampin’ Dimensional, gold glimmer dots and a sentiment from the Bright & Beautiful stamp set, stamped in Bermuda Bay ink.

For my last two cards, I used the thank you wooden elements from the Paper Pumpkin kits. On one I added some little kraft stars left over from another project, then stamped a design from Work of Art in Melon Mambo – Simple! On the other I used a Summer Starfruit tag left over from the Everyday Occasions cardmaking kit, and the gold glimmer dots and stamp from the Paper Pumpkin kit, inked in Summer Starfruit. To add a different look to the wooden element, I daubed on Bermuda Bay ink with a sponge dauber.

So I hope you’re not as far behind on your Paper Pumpkin kits as I am.

But if you are,
go ahead and make them into thank you or holiday-themed cards. Use your imagination – I’d love to see what you have created!
Happy Stamping!

Christmas Greetings for the Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge – PPA217

Happy Labor day weekend! I love LOOOONNNG weekends, and this weekend is no exception. Having that extra day off from work allows me to do most of the things that ‘need’ to be done, and still have time to PLAY! I hope you have some time to play this weekend as well.

My grandsons came to visit on Saturday, so it was an extra special weekend. While they were busy playing with some new birthday Lego sets, I pulled out a “few” card-making supplies (the pile of supplies kept growing larger – LOL!)

I had just purchased the ‘Happy Holidays’ issue of CardMaker magazine too, so I was inspired to start creating some Christmas designs. I really love the colors from the Stampin’ Up! Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper (Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Smoky Slate & Whisper White), which is sadly retired now.

With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays last year, I didn’t have nearly enough time to use it!

So what better day to bring it out than PLAY DAY? Here are a couple of cards I created with the Winter Frost color scheme and some pieces from my scrap bin:

Today I decided to continue to play with these colors and incorporate them into a card for the Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge by Nicole Watt. Here is her sketch:

This is the card I created using the Stampin’ Up! Christmas Bliss photopolymer stamp set. The trees are stamped in Bermuda Bay and embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder (sparkly, but hard to see in the photo):
I had a lot of fun playing with this sketch! Won’t you play along? You have until tomorrow at noon (CST) to link your creation to the challenge. While you’re there, be sure to check out all the other great designs.
Happy Stamping!

Everyday Occasions Cards – Day 5

If you’ve just joined this series of Everyday Occasions cards, you can see the 16 cards created from this kit in my previous four posts, beginning Monday, August 18th. Wow! 16 cards PLUS the 10 cards made in the workshop, for 26 cards total, and I STILL have stuff left. If you’re ready for more, I have the last four cards for you!

Card #17: Since I send a lot of birthday cards, I was inspired to make one using the Gumball Green, Pool Party, and Whisper White color scheme from the sample brochure. The Whisper White card stock measures 3” x 5” and is from my scrap bin.
I stamped the lines from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set in Pool Party and the splotches in Island Indigo. The sentiment is from the ‘And Many More’ stamp set. The mini heart I believe is from the Framed Love Paper Pumpkin kit and everything else is from Everyday Occasions.


Card #18: Next I wanted to create a card similar to the gray Congratulations card, but I’m out of Basic Gray card stock after making the 3” x 3” cards (Sigh!). I’ll be placing an order today! To create a similar look, I cut a polka dot piece of basic gray from the retired Neutrals Designer Series pack to 5” x 3-3/4” (Oops – I meant to cut it to 5-1/4” x 4”!) Oh well!
I added the Pool Party heart, half of a doily, and the large silver glimmer banner from the kit. Then I stamped the sentiment “Happiness Always” from the set ‘And Many More’. This time I left everything flat for easy mailing, to be used as an anniversary or wedding card.
Card #19: This time I was inspired by the striped Pool party paper in the kit, so I dug out a similar piece from Comfort Café Designer Series Paper (retired) to put on a Very Vanilla card base. All the other pieces are from the kit, and the layout was inspired by the first card in the brochure.
Card #20: This is it! The last card in the series. I have 2 feathers left from the kit, so I’m using them, along with the sample from the brochure, for this last card. Since I don’t have any Kraft paper, which is new in the catalog this year (another item to add to my order), I’m using Crumb Cake as an alternative for the card base. With Thanksgiving coming next quarter, the feathers seemed appropriate, along with the Give Thanks sentiment from ‘And Many More’ for this card.
The layout mimics the sample, except I moved my button a bit to balance out the smaller sentiment that I chose.


Here are all the sentiments that are included in the Everyday Occasions kit:


So there you have it! 20 sample for the Everyday Occasions card kit, using 3 colors of ink: Island Indigo, Pool Party and Smoky Slate/Basic Gray, a couple of punches or dies, the sentiments shown above, as well as Gorgeous Grunge, And Many More and Teeny Tiny Wishes and maybe some card stock, DSP, twine or embellishments from your stash.
The photo below shows most of the products used to create all of the cards in this series. I’ve included links underneath the photo to all the products in my online store, in case you need a few items to get started on your own card-making marathon!
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my samples as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing them with you! I have lots of ideas now for using up some more of the Designer Series Paper I’ve collected in the past three years, but I think I’m ready to change color schemes at this point.

Now go and be creative, then share what you’ve made!

Happy Stamping!

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 still have more tags. What to do? Use the card kit color combinations and layouts to create some more cards, of course!


Card #14: Mimic the look of the gray polka dot card above by punching ½” circles out of Whisper White scraps. Adhere them with a glue stick, or your favorite adhesive.

The heart banners, kraft scallop & larger white circle are from the kit. I used Smoky Slate ink (since my Basic Gray needs reinking) and the Happy Birthday sentiment from “And Many More”.

Then I added a few Pool Party splatters using the “Gorgeous Grunge” stamp set, and a few Calypso Coral hearts. One tiny silver glimmer heart on the circle adds a little sparkle to this sentiment layer!

Card #15: I still have some Summer Starfruit Designer Series Paper in my collection (do you?), so I cut a 4” x 5-1/4” piece for this card & attached it to a Very Vanilla card base.

Next I added a Kraft heart from the kit and stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment in Pool Party on the tag.

The little Kraft banner piece was created by trimming around the scrap left from the banner cutout. To finish off the card, I added a Calypso Coral baker’s twine bow.


Card #16: After using Calypso Coral accents on a few of these cards, I decided to use it as the base for this one. All the other pieces are from the kit, except the small piece of washi tape that snuck into the upper right corner.
Here’s what’s left for the next card-making session:
In case you need to add a few items to your stash, here are the links to all the products, or similar products, used in this series so far:
That’s all I have for today!
Happy Stamping everyone!


Everyday Occasions Cards – Day 3

Wednesday I shared the second set of samples using the Eveyday Occasions card kit. Today I have four little Thank you cards for samples #9-12. You can see my previous 2 posts for the first eight cards in this series.

Card #9: Someone used the scalloped kraft tag in the kit (who could it be??), so I substituted a white one and changed the ink color from Basic Gray to Island Indigo.


Card #10: Here I stamped the Thank you sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes on a banner from the kit, because the Thank You sentiment in the kit was WAAAY too big for the tiny white banner. The button is from the kit, but I used Calypso Coral baker’s twine. At this point, I’ve run out of 3”x3” cards, so I cut three 6”x3” pieces of basic gray cardstock for this and the following 2 cards.


Card #11: I used two banners from the kit and a 1-3/4” scalloped circle punched from Summer Starfruit, and a Calypso Coral button left over from the Sycamore Street set.(Please tell me I’m not the only person who still has some of those, right????)


Card #12: Even the leftovers on the punch sheet in the kit got used. Here I cut around the calypso coral scalloped circle with a circle framelit. I also punched another silver glimmer heart with the Owl Builder punch and attached a Calypso Coral baker’s twine bow.
I think these will make a cute Thank You gift set, or maybe I’ll include them in a customer order, or attach them to small gifts or treats.
For your convenience, here are the links to all of the products, or similar products, used in this series so far:

Everyday Occasions Cards – Day 2

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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 changes from the sample! I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true – LOL!

Card #7: Here I swapped the banner and tag with different ones, left off the baker’s twine and added a clip. Done and done!


Card #8: Used a different tag and stamped in basic gray (My basic gray ink looks like it needs reinker – gotta add that to the growing order list!). Then I added small hearts from the kit and glimmer hearts, again punched with the owl builder punch heart.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the samples so far. There are more to come….as there are still lots of “parts” left in the kit! Here are the links to all the products used so far, or similar products to those used in the series:

Happy Stamping!


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 a few card-making basics, including how to use the glass block for clear stamps, put the stickers on them, and how to use snail adhesive. Then the fun began!

After I showed the kit contents, the ladies each chose one of the card bases, picked their favorite stamp, and attached its sticker. They quickly set to work picking an ink color and embellishments for their creations. Surprisingly, nobody really used the sample sheet the kit provided! Some made 2 cards, or even three.

When the cards were finished, there was “stuff” everywhere! It looked like this picture but with 4 times as much mess! Have you ever met a neat stamper? Are you one? I’m definitely not!

I might mention here that in addition to the pieces included in the kit, I brought out my stack of leftover pieces from previous projects and let them use those as well. It was a blast! (If I get the opportunity to do it again, I’ll have to remember to take pictures of the happy chaos and everyone’s cards).

Once everyone’s orders were completed, I was delighted to see that two people had added a kit to their order. For new stampers especially, I think the kits are a really good value. Card stock, ink, embellishments, baker’s twine, samples and even some Stampin’ Dimensionals are included, so the fun can begin right away. Since there are many punched pieces to choose from, the kit is perfect for anyone whose punch options are limited by budget or space as well.

Following the party, I took all the remaining kit pieces and started to assemble the 10 cards left over. I used the sample sheet as a starter, but changed out pieces to use what was left in the kit. Today I’ll show the first four cards:


Card #1: On the Kraft congratulations card, I substituted a feather for the scalloped circle below the sentiment.


Card #2: On this Thinking of You card, I swapped Summer Starfruit heart for the green one shown because I wanted it to stand out.


Card #3: For the 3×3” hexagon patterned kraft card, I changed the tag & sentiment, left off the twine and added hearts and a cute clip. The small heart was punched from the scrap silver glimmer paper in the kit, using the owl builder punch heart.

Card #4: The second Congratulations card has one additional mini Calypso Coral heart, which I think came from the Framed Love Paper Pumpkin kit.

I hope you enjoyed your visit. Stay tuned for more samples in my next post! If you need information or would like to order any of these items the links are listed below. Thanks for visiting!

Happy Stamping!

PPA211 Color Challenge

This week there’s another color challenge at the Pals Paper Arts – PPA211! Here is the pretty color combo for the challenge and my card :


The inspiration for my creation was this beautiful card by Lynn on Pinterest. I liked the central butterfly image and the colored square layered on an embossed piece of whisper white card stock, so I started with those, but chose to incorporate more Daffodil Delight in my design. I love bright yellow, whether it’s in my garden, on a card, or on my kitchen walls!
The butterfly was stamped in Night of Navy on a 2-1/2 inch square of whisper white cardstock. After stamping, the image was colored with Daffodil Delight and an aqua painter. A Daffodil Delight marker was used to emphasize the patterrn on the butterfly. Then the edges of the square were sponged in Night of Navy to help them stand out from the white embossed layer.
The Make a Wish stamp from the Perfect Pennants set was also stamped in Night of Navy, then mounted on a square of Night of Navy.
To balance out all the Navy, a yellow ribbon was added and the ‘A’ in Make a Wish was stamped in Daffodil Delight and punched out with the 1/2″ circle punch, then popped up with a Dimensional.
After it was all assembled, it needed a bit of bling to put it in party mode, so a row of rhinestones was added to the top of the sentiment. (Every birthday needs a little bling, right??)
Hope you enjoy my creation and that you have time to play today! Happy Stamping!
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Serene Birds for PPA210 Color Challenge

Good Morning! Hope you all had a fantastic 4th of July weekend and are ready for the start of a new week.
Over at Pals Paper Arts, there’s a color challenge this week with this color palette:


PPA210 Basic Gray Lost Lagoon Pool Party
The card I’m sharing with you today started with the basic gray stamped image from Serene Silhouettes and was originally intended to be a sympathy card. The colors are so tranquil and could easily be used for that, as well as many other occasions. The birds were colored with an aqua painter in lost lagoon.
As I assembled the layers for the bird image, my mind wandered in another direction and I decided to make this into a card for a friend I haven’t seen recently. To incorporate the challenge colors while keeping the card light, I framed the birds in basic gray from the neutrals dsp pack, then in lost lagoon, and added a pool party ribbon.
A quick swipe of basic gray, some hearts stamped repeatedly in lost lagoon with the Work of Art stamp set, and the sentiment from Thoughts and Prayers complete the card.
Who are you thinking of today? Why not create a quick card to send off and let them know you’re thinking of them!
Happy Stamping!

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Celebrate in June with PPA209!

At our house, June is jam-packed with birthdays, accompanied by an occasional anniversary or graduation celebration or two….or three. Oh, and don’t forget Father’s Day is thrown in there too!

All these special occasions have put a serious dent in my card supply! To remedy that I decided to participate in my first PPA card challenge…

Here is the card I created:

Nicole’s sketch for the challenge:
As you can see, I pretty much stuck to the sketch (love it!). I usually tend to center most of the elements on my card, so it was fun to mix it up a little by making both the rectangle and circle shape a bit “off”.
This card begins with a base of natural ivory cardstock, followed by a layer of Season of Style Designer Series Paper that is sponged around the edges in Old Olive ink. The rectangular tag is Sahara Sand.
All the flower pieces and the sentiment are from the new Stampin’ Up! Flower Patch stamp set. The flowers are die cut with the Flower Fair framelits and the small ones are sponged with Crisp Cantaloupe and Crushed Curry ink, then layered with dimensionals. Having stamps and framelits made for each other is awesome! The sentiment is stamped in Old Olive ink on Whisper White cardstock and die cut using the banner from the Thinlits Circle Card framelit.
Since creating the layout often consumes the most time, starting with this sketch allowed for quick assembly of the elements. Just what I needed during this busy month of celebrations!
I hope you have something to celebrate this month and that Nicole’s sketch will inspire you to create a card or two. Here’s the link to the Pals Paper Arts Blog.
We’ll be celebrating birthdays for my son, husband and daughter next week. So the party continues!
Happy Stamping!

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Make Your Packaging Pop

Stampin’ Up has some great new ribbon in the 2014-15 Annual Catalog (Idea Book). Here is a video with a few ideas on how to make your packaging pop by creating a great bow or ribbon accent piece.

To order any of the ribbon shown in the video, click the catalog image in the sidebar on the right and flip to pgs 206-207 to see all of your options. You can order online as soon as you find the goodies you’re looking for by clicking Here or by clicking the Shop Now button in the sidebar on the right.

 Happy Stamping!

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?

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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 it by changing out the colors and/or papers. Let’s see what you come up with! Leave me a comment and let me know what you’ve been working on. I’d love to hear about it!

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Retired, Retiring Soon, and Still Here!

It’s that time of year when Stampin’ Up! demonstrators are moving out the old to make room for the new catalog and all its glorious new products!

I always feel like I haven’t had quite enough time to play with some of my “old” stamps, paper and accessories, so today’s card is a mash-up of old, not-so-old, and current items. Feel free to substitute what you have in YOUR stash and join me in making a cheerful birthday card.

The watercolor wonder paper creates the base of the color scheme with its variations of oranges and yellows, so I carried those colors through the other layers. These bright shades really pop with the layers of white in between! I randomly stamped some of the images from Bright Blossoms to create a background that reminds me of fireworks. A few dots were punched with the owl punch to add a little depth, and both the sentiment and designer frame were popped up with dimensionals. The vase was stamped with Versamark on Calypso Coral cardstock, then heat embossed with white embossing powder and snipped out.

Please leave a comment and  let me know what you will miss the most from the current catalog, or what you are creating today. I’d love to hear from you!

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To Have and To Hold

With wedding season upon us, here’s an idea for a pretty card to celebrate the special occasion. Crisp Cantaloupe and Calypso Coral are so sweet together and the Petite Petals stamps and punch create a perfect floral frame for this wedding couple. The color scheme can easily be changed to fit your favorite paper or the couple’s wedding theme.

Sadly, the Best of Brides and Babies stamp set from Stampin’ Up!’s Best of 25 Collection, is no longer available. The good news is that you can substitute any wedding stamp you like and just adjust the size of the oval opening with the oval framelits to fit your image. Then create a little banner with your favorite wedding sentiment, add a candy dot, and you’ll have a one-of-a-kind card for the newlyweds!

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Happy stamping and celebrating!