Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Paper Pumpkin August 2017

The August 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit is awesome!  There are supplies to make 8 cards and included in the kit is a gift box to package them in.  The stamp set includes a Sympathy sentiment but some of the pre-printed die cuts have sentiments already printed on them - Thanks and Congrats.

These are the stamps included in the set.


The kit includes a Night of Navy Ink Spot.

The card below follows the layout for one of the cards in the kit but I used one of my own stamps for the sentiment - Stylised Birthday.  I stamped it on Whisper White card stock and then die cut it using one of the Layering Ovals dies.  I also added a few rhinestones.


Stampin' Supplies
Paper Pumpkin kit August 2017
Stamps - Stylised Birthday

Monday, August 21, 2017

Baby Shower Card

Yesterday was the baby shower for my grand niece.  This is the card I made to go with the car seat/stroller that we gave her (my mother, myself and my three sisters).  I saw the idea for the card on Pinterest and really liked the colour combination of Crushed Curry and Smoky Slate.  The little elephant was printed using the My Memories Digital program and the ear was punched out using a retired Stampin' Up! oval punch.  The background paper is from the retired A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper.

The shower was also a reveal party so now we know that the baby is a boy.


Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Itty Bitty Banners (retired)
Ink - Smoky Slate
Card Stock - Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, A Little Foxy DSP (retired)
Other - My Memories Digital program, Layering Circles dies, Stitched Frames dies, oval punch (retired), It's My Party Enamel Dots (retired), Bitty Banners Framelits (retired), CuttleBug Embossing Folder

Friday, August 18, 2017

Stampin' Up! Video - Holiday Catalogue 2017 = Merry Little Christmas Suite

The Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue goes live on September 1.  Here's a quick video from Stampin' Up! featuring the Merry Little Christmas Suite of products.



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Carols of Christmas


The Carols of Christmas stamp set and the coordinating Card Front Builder dies are so very versatile.  I have been making quite a few cards using the set but this is one of my favourites.  The "moon scene" was creating using one of the dies in the set.  You can see the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper peeking through.  The trees and little deer were also cut using that same set of dies.

I used another set of dies to cut the "snow bank".  For that I used the branch from the Seasonal Layers Thinlit dies to make an edge on some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.  The trees were cut from one of the patterns in the Colour Theory DSP stack.



Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Carols of Christmas
Ink - Night of Navy
Card Stock - Whisper White, Night of Navy, Early Espresso, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, Colour Theory DSP Stack
Other - Card Front Builder Dies, Layering Circles Framelits, Seasonal Layers Thinlits

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Merry Mistletoe

I saw THIS card on Diana Gibb's blog and was happy to see one of the patterns from the Wood Textures DSP stack being used.  I had been struggling with how I could use that particular pattern.  

I used a different background paper on my card - it is from last year's Warmth & Cheer DSP stack. The greeting is from the long retired Contempo Christmas stamp set.




Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Merry Mistle Toe, Contempo Christmas (retired)
Ink - Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green
Card Stock - Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Wood Textures DSP, Warmth & Cheer DSP (retired)
Other - Layering Circles Framelits, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Stampin' Dimensionals, Metallic Enamel Shapes

Friday, August 11, 2017

My Paper Pumpkin - July 2017

I decided to use some of the elements from the July 2017 Paper Pumpkin to make a Christmas Card

I used one of the Soft Sky card bases, the card front is also from the kit.  I ran that through the Big Shot using the Softly Falling embossing folder.  I followed the kit instructions for creating the card but I added some glitter glue sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds glitter to add some snow to the scene.  As a final touch I added a little wooden snowflake element from my stash of retired embellishments.  I brushed Wink of Stella over that and added a small rhinestone to the centre.


Stampin' Supplies
Paper Pumpkin July 2017 - Positively Picturesque
Stamps - Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink - Basic Black
Other - Softly Falling Textured Embossing Folder, Glitter Glue, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals, Wink of Stella, Snowflake Embellishment

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Inky Divas Challenge - Week of July 24

When I saw Jackie Topa's Sympathy card using the Daisy Delight stamp set and Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper I knew I wanted to use that as a second card for the Inky Divas Challenge for the week of July 24.  You can see Jackie's card HERE.


Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Daisy Delight, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink - Crushed Curry, Elegant Eggplant
Card Stock - Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Delightful Daisy DSP
Other - Bow Builder Punch, Pearls, Stampin' Dimensional, Flourish Framelits, Faceted Rhinestone(retired), Yellow Sharpie Marker

As I was looking at the card I thought it could also be used for other occasions.  I needed an anniversary card so decided to give that a try.  I made a few small changes to Jackie's sample - I stamped the daisies on Whisper White card stock and changed the position of the sentiment layer.



I ended up making two of the anniversary cards - one of them for my parents (see yesterday's post)

Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Daisy Delight, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink - Daffodil Delight, Elegant Eggplant
Card Stock - Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Delightful Daisy DSP
Other - Bow Builder Punch, Pearls, Stampin' Dimensional, Flourish Framelits, Faceted Rhinestone(retired), Yellow Sharpie Marker


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Happy Anniversary Mum and Dad

My parents are celebrating their 66th wedding anniversary today.  This is the card and coordinating envelope I made to celebrate their special day.




Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Daisy Delight, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink - Delightful Daisy, Old Olive, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant
Card Stock - Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Delight Daisy Designer Series Paper
Other - Daisy Punch, Bow Builder Punch, Basic Pearls, Retired rhinestone, Wink of Stella

Monday, August 7, 2017

Stampin' Up! Video - Carols of Christmas Bundle

This video showcases the Carols of Christmas bundle included in the 2017 Holiday Catalogue.  Demonstrators have been able to order the stamp set and thinlits bundle since July 1 and it is now available for everyone.   The other new products featured in the video will be available September 1 when the Holiday Catalogue goes live.



Saturday, August 5, 2017

Inky Divas Challenge - Week of July 31

This week's challenge was to use one of the Stampin' Up! bundles and one of the current InColours.

I ended up doing two cards.  Both use Berry Burst and Lemon Twist (InColours 2017-2019) as well as the Daisy Delight stamp set and coordinating Daisy Punch.

I decided to play with the Stampin' Up! Embossing Paste and Pattern Party Decorative Masks for this card.  I only bought the InColour Markers so I tinted the embossing paste with a tiny drop of Pear Pizzazz reinker.  I inked the stamps (both the daisy and the sentiment) using a marker.  After stamping the daisies I used a blender pen to bring a bit of colour to the petals.  A couple of die cut leaves and some glitter enamel dots and the card was done.


Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Daisy Delight, Rose Wonder
Ink - Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist markers, Pear Pizzazz reinker
Card Stock - Whisper White, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist
Other - Daisy Punch, Glitter Enamel Dots, Embossing Paste, Pattern Party Decorative Mask, Rose Garden Thinlits, Stampin' Dimensionals


This card was pretty quick to put together.  I used two strips of DSP from the Colour Theory DSP stack.  The crackle pattern is on the reverse side of the striped paper.


Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Daisy Delight, Butterfly Basics
Ink - Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist markers, Basic Black
Card Stock - Whisper White, Colour Theory DSP
Other - Daisy Punch, Glitter Enamel Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Merry Mistletoe

Monica Gale - a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in the UK - posted a couple of card kits she is making available.  Unfortunately they can only be ordered by people in the UK.  Her kits feature the Merry Mistletoe stamp set available in the annual catalogue (page 113).  You can see her cards HERE.  I really liked the card with the three reindeer and decided to try it out.

My a card is pretty much a hybrid of both of Monica's versions.  On her "stepped up" version, Monica fussy cut the reindeer.  I am not a fan of fussy cutting so I just stamped the three images onto the Whisper White card stock  If you look closely you can see a little bit of glimmer on the antlers - I used the Gold Wink of Stella (retired) to highlight them.


Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Merry Mistletoe
Ink - Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake
Card Stock - Garden Green, Whisper White, Be Merry Designer Series Paper, Gold Foil
Other - Layering Ovals Framelits, Rhinestones, Metallic Enamel Shapes, Stampin' Dimensionals, Gold Wink of Stella

Monday, July 31, 2017

My Paper Pumpkin - July 2017

The July Paper Pumpkin was called Positively Picturesque.  I haven't yet made any of the cards as shown in the kit instructions but I have made one alternative card.  I saw the card posted on the Paper Pumpkin Fan Club Facebook group that I belong to and knew I had to copy it.  It did tweak it a tiny bit (I added the sun and the layer of patterned paper).


Supplies from the kit are the watercolour wash piece, the sunburst stamp and the patterned paper.

The watercolour wash piece was cropped from a note card included in the kit; the patterned paper was cropped from the inside of one of the card envelopes also included in the kit.

Stampin' Supplies
Positively Picturesque Paper Pumpkin Kit - July 2017
Stamps - Sheltering Tree; July 2017 PP Kit
Ink - Daffodil Delight, Basic Black
Card Stock - Whisper White (Thick), July 2017 PP Kit, Pear Pizzazz, Pink Pirouette
Other - Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, Season Layers Thinlits, Glitter Enamel Dots


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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Carols of Christmas

Carols of Christmas is a new stamp set that will be available on August 1, 2017.  It was made available to Stampin' Up! Demonstrators on July 1 and I had to have it!  There is also a set of thinlits dies that coordinate with the stamp set.

I found THIS card on Pinterest and loved that it used the Wood Textures DSP for the background.

The only thing I changed from the original was to use a piece of Burlap Ribbon in place of the Washi Tape used by the originator.  I am really happy with the look.

Note the little sprig of greenery - it is a little piece cut from on the Boxwood Wreath Embellishments on page 197 of the Annual Catalogue.


Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Carols of Christmas
Ink - Cherry Cobbler
Card Stock - Whisper White, Tranquil Tide, Cherry Cobbler, Gold Foil, Wood Textures DSP
Other - Layering Circles Thinlits, Seasonal Layers Thinlits, 5/8" Burlap Ribbon, Gold Metallic Thread, Boxwood Wreath Embellishments, Metallic Enamel Shapes, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Inky Divas Weekly Challenge - Week of July 24

This week's challenge was to create a Sympathy card.  I usually have a couple of them on hand "just in case" but I had used them all.

Looking through my stamps I decided on the Flouring Flourishes stamp set and the coordinating Flourish Thinlits for my card.  I really liked the font used for the sentiment.  I also pulled out the retired Gorgeous Grunge to add a little bit of subtle background.



Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Flowering Flourishes, Gorgeous Grunge (retired)
Ink - Night of Navy
Card Stock - Whisper White, Night of Navy, Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper (retired)
Other - Flourish Thinlits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Pearls, Stampin' Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue Pen

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack - Card 2

This is the second card I made using the Wood Textured Designer Series Paper Stack - in fact I used one 6 x 6 sheet of the paper to make the two cards with only a tiny piece left over.





Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Stylized Birthday
Ink - Early Espresso
Card Stock - Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack
Other - Stitched Frames Framelits, Layering Squares Framelits, Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, July 24, 2017

Wood Textures Designer Series Paper

In the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! annual catalogue there is a beautiful selection of "pretty" designer series papers but there is also a stack of more masculine papers.  The Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack.  This pack includes 4 each of 12 double-sided designs - perfect for use on masculine cards.

Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack
I am going to need several masculine birthday cards over the next few months so I started scanning Pinterest for cards using this wonderful DSP.

In addition to the DSP, this card uses the Happy Birthday thinlit.  I cut two and stuck them together to make it a little thicker.  Next time I think I may layer three of the diecuts.  I also used the now retired Woodgrain Textured Embossing folder.  In the catalogue there is a new embossing folder that could be used - Pinewood Planks.



I like to "decorate" the inside of the card to coordinate with the front.



Stampin' Supplies
Card Stock - Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Wood Textures DSP Stack
Other - Happy Birthday Thinlit, Woodgrain Embossing Folder (retired), Fine Tip Glue

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Daisy Delight


I am still determined to use as much of my retired Stampin' Up! Designer Series Papers as I can.  For this card I used a sheet from the Serene Scenery Paper Stack and teamed it up with the Daisy Delight Stamp Set.  I had seen THIS card on Pinterest and knew I wanted to CASE it.  I made a few changes - I used Gold Glimmer Paper for the centres of the daisies and added a layer of Early Espresso card stock behind the DSP panel.

I used Crumb Cake ink to stamp the flowers (stamped off once) and before punching them out I sponged on So Saffron ink.


Inside of the card.


Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Daisy Delight, Butterfly Basics (for sentiment)
Ink - Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Card Stock - Crumb Cake, Early Espresson, Whisper White, Gold Glimmer, Serene Scenery DSP (retired)
Other - 1/2" Circle Punch, Daisy Punch, Banner Triple Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Inky Diva's Challenge - Week of July 17, 2017

Crystal posted a sketch for this week's challenge

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We were to follow the sketch as best we could and use current Stampin' Up! products.  I made my card and after finishing it discovered that although the stamp set Flurry of Wishes had carried over to the annual catalogue the coordinating punch did not.  I thought about stamping the snowflakes again and cutting them out but quickly discarded that idea - I do NOT like fussy cutting


Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Flurry of Wishes
Ink - Island Indigo, Pool Party
Card Stock - Whisper White, Silver Foil
Other - Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Snowflake Punch (retired)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Inky Divas Challenge - Week of July 10, 2017


The challenge for the week of July 10 was to create a project using one of the Stampin' Up! layering stamp sets.  I chose to use Watercolor Wings.  I stamped two butterflies.  For the first layer I used Pool Party Ink, the second with Bermuda Bay and the third with Island Indigo.  I then die cut them using the Butterfly and Bold Butterfly thinlits.

Edit - July 31.  I have submitted this card for the Freshly Made Sketches #298 - HERE






Stampin' Supplies
Stamps - Watercolor Wings, Butterfly Basics, Timeless Textures
Ink - Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo
Card Stock - Whispter White, Island Indigo
Other - Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue dots, Butterfly Thinlits, Basic Butterfly Thinlits

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Partial Diecut

Another card using the Butterflies thinlit, along with the Butterfly Basics thinlit and Watercolour Wings stamp set.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Butterflies Thinlits

When I was playing around making a card for last week's Inky Divas Challenge I made a card using the Watercolour Wings thinlits.  It was a pretty quick card - I did the diecut and then fit it back into the "negative" space.


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Inky Diva's Challenge Week of July 3, 2017

This week's challenge was to use one of the Stampin' Up! thinlits dies.  I did a couple of cards using the Butterfly thinlits but I decided to use the card made with the Happy Birthday thinlit for my entry.


I have been on a mission to use up some of my retired Stampin' Up! products so I pulled out my Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper and cut several 1/2" strips..I adhered those strips onto a piece of cardstock and then cut out the Happy Birthday.  I adhered more strips to another piece of cardstock and used that as a background piece.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Inky Divas Challenge - Week of June 26

This week's challenge was to create some kind of slider card or one with a hidden pocket.  I decided to make a "Pop-up" slider card for my entry.

I used the June 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit for most of the elements on the card.









Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Paper Pumpkin June 2017 - One in a Melon

The June Paper Pumpkin kit included supplies to make 6 note cards and 4 gift bags.  I haven't yet made any of these but I have taken some of the supplies to make some alternate cards.

I started out with a Whisper White (thick) card base and started layering that with components from the kit.  The striped piece was cut from one of the bags in the kit and the piece with the fruit is the front panel from one of the note cards.  The focal panel is pretty much as shown in the kit instructions but I did add a few rhinestones and added the "it's you day!) to the bottom of that panel.


This second card is adapted from a card I saw on the Facebook group "Paper Pumpkin Fan Club" posted by MaryJo Snyder.


My third alternate is a CASE of a card Debbie Beaulieu Henderson posted in that same Facebook group.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Inky Diva's Challenge - Week of June 12

This week's challenge was to use two of the new InColours along with a new stamp set or product from the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! annual catalogue.

I had recently seen a video for a "Watercolour Smoosh" technique that intrigued me.  It is also known as "Ink Smoosh".

I used the InColours Tranquil Tide and Lemon-Lime Twist along with the Happy Birthday Thinlit.


Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps - none
Ink - Tranquil Tide, Lemon-Lime Twist
Card Stock - Lemon-Lime Twist, Basic Black, Watercolour Paper
Other - Happy Birthday Thinlit, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Inky Divas Challenge - Week of May 29

This week's challenge was to create a fancy fold card.  Crystal's sample was a "fancy fold flap card".  My card is a variation of that.  There are lots of videos and tutorials online.  I combined several to come up with my card.

I started with a piece of Melon Mambo card stock cut to 5 1/2" x 11.  I scored it at 4 1/8" and 8 3/8".







Thursday, May 11, 2017

Paper Pumpkin

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Starting TODAY (May 11) and ending June 10, first time Paper Pumpkin subscribers can enjoy 25% OFF their first three months.
First-time subscribers will receive an introductory 25% discount on the June, July, and August 2017 kits.
Benefits of Paper Pumpkin Subscriptions:
  • The convenience of an all-inclusive kit arriving at your door every month.
  • Exclusive photopolymer stamp sets and the opportunity to build a collection.
  • Crafting time you can count on without a lot of prep work.
  • Trying new techniques.
  • Creating alternate projects with all the goodies in the box.
  • Getting together with friends to craft every month.
  • Purchasing past kits and refills so the fun never ends.
  • The quality of the products and variety of projects each month.
  • Sharing ideas with a community of online crafters.
  • The surprise factor!
Fine print of the promotion:
  • For first-time subscribers only.
  • You must join by Saturday, June 10, 2017; 11:50 PM (MT).
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first three months of a new subscription. After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $26.95 CDN.
  • Enter the promo code, STARTHERE upon checkout.
Paper Pumpkin kits include all you need for a monthly creative fix!  Add a subscription to your next Stampin’ Up! order.
TO SUBSCRIBE go to https://www.paperpumpkin.com, make sure to click on CA in the top right hand corner for Canadians and enter STARTHERE in the promo code box to receive the 25% off promotion.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter

I used the March Paper Pumpkin kit to make these sweet little bunny bags.  Everything need to complete the projects was included in the kit.  All I had to do was put them together and add some jelly beans.  There were supplies to make nine bags as well as nine little cards.



Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Stampin' Up! Video - Window Box Thinlits Dies

The Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue goes live today and runs to May 31, 2017.  There are a lot of bundles that include a stamp set and a set of cutting dies.  This video features the Window Box Thinlits Dies and it's coordinating stamp set Window Shopping.





Over the coming weeks I will be sharing more of the Stampin' Up! videos featuring products from the 2017 Occasions Catalogue as well as from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.

Sunday, January 1, 2017