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Pattern Party 2017

Pattern Party 2017

Welcome to the July 2017 Pals Blog Hop. Thank you so much for joining us today. This month we’re having a Pattern Party! Hoppers will feature projects using their favorite Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper and coordinating embellishments. After all, color coordination is a Stampin’ Up! Strength.

Whether you’re just starting the hop, or have come from visiting my friend Rae‘s blog, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

Pattern Party 2017

“Welcome to the party, Pal!” That’s a movie quote; any guesses as to who said it and in what movie? Just thought I’d toss out a little trivia while you’re hopping today.

Sometimes it can be really hard to work with patterns. I know I certainly struggle when I’m trying to coordinate my clothing. (Fail). What’s great about the Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up! is that they’ve done all the hard work for you. Every single pack of designer paper has a “recipe” of matching colors so you can never go wrong.

Another great thing about Designer Series Paper (we’re just gonna call it DSP for the rest of this post) is that it is so beautiful that you don’t even need to add anything to it. You can just use it right out of the package as a simple background on a card base and you could call it a day!

For my project today I want to share a card that I CASED from a lovely Canadian demonstrator, Sandi McIver. I think we’ve both fallen for the same DSP – and why not, it’s totally gorge!Pattern Party 2017 

I love the combination of Pool Party and Tranquil Tide,  don’t you? What makes this card so fun and breezy is that the DSP has done all the hard work. I simply highlighted the floral pattern by mounting it onto Tranquil Tide cardstock. I fussy cut the little flower that is on the left corner just above the sentiment – so basically the only stamping I did was putting the sentiment onto Whisper White cardstock with Tranquil Tide ink.

It makes a big visual impact but you don’t have to slave away for hours to make it. Is there anything better than that? I certainly don’t think so! The trick to making this card look so good is to cut the matting just a teeny bit bigger than the DSP and Whisper White cardstock. In this case, the border around both pieces is ⅛”.

Okay, enough about me. Get out there and do something creative today – even if it’s just going through this Blog Hop – that counts! Your next stop is Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’. You’ll love her blog – she does beautiful work!

Here’s today’s Blog Hop lineup:

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  3. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  4. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  5. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  6. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  7. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  8. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  9. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  10. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  11. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore  You are here (metaphysically)
  12. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  13. Sara Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  14. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  15. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  16. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  17. Su Mohr at Aromas and Art

Are you loving this card? You can get all the supplies you need right here:

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Looking for the trivia answer?  Bruce Willis as John McClane in Die Hard (the first movie in the series)

Happy Anniversary

It seems hard to believe, but I joined Stampin’ Up! five years ago! So I’m giving myself a high-five and a special shout of

Happy Anniversary!

In recognition of my five years I received a lovely thank you card from my upline, Mary Fish, and I thought I’d share it with you today:

happy anniversary

Inside this gorgeous card I found a pack of Stampin’ Dimensionals. You are too sweet, Miss Mary! So now I say “thank you” back to you!

Here’s some info about the card:

  • the color palette is Tranquil Tide
  • the ribbon is the new ½” Finely Woven Ribbon (we’ve all been chuckling over the fact that we’ve all gone a little ribbon crazy over the luscious new trimmings in the Annual Catalog)
  • The sentiment is from the Thankful Thoughts set
  • That sweet little scalloped square is cut with the layering framelits
  • the patterned paper is from the Fresh Florals collection
  • the embellishments under the ribbon are White Perfect Accents

I gotta tell ya, nobody rocks a ribbon like Mary! So with that in mind, I challenge you to go and do something creative today – for me and for Miss Mary, haha!

Here are the supplies if you want to recreate this project:

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Hang Your Stocking

Ho, ho, ho! Sorry, I know it’s not even July, but we’re now closer to Christmas than away from it. Not trying to rub it in, but I want you to be prepared. No, I’m not listening to carols yet, but I know that sometimes we think about Christmas in July and so I thought I’d get a head start!

Ready to hang your stocking?

Not yet? No worries. This stamp set will do it for you.

hang your stocking

I used several tools for this, but making this card really didn’t take that long.  The cutting is mostly die cut, and it’s so easy to run card stock and embossing folders through the Big Shot.

  • The brick background is a Textured Impressions Embossing Folder called Brick Wall.
  • The squares and oval were all cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.
  • The pine branches were cut using one of the branch dies from the Pretty Pines Thinlits.
  • The splatters were made with a stamp – so no artistic prowess needed for that, haha!

All of this loveliness sits on a standard A2 card base made with the Whisper White Thick Cardstock. Here’s another look at the cluster of shapes:

hang your stocking

I’ll be using this stamp set in a couple more posts this week, and I’ll highlight some of the newer products I’ve used in my designs.

Now I know it’s nice out, so get out there and do something creative today!

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Label Me Pretty

Today I’m featuring the last installment of my Paper Pumpkin series with the June kit, One in a Melon. This time I decided to play around with the little pre-printed note card that comes in the kit.

Here’s what the original looked like:

One in a Melon

And here’s my alternate design idea:

Label Me Pretty

When you’re in a funk about finding a new design, just turn everything sideways! You’ll gain a new perspective and hopefully some new ideas of how to carry on!

I decided to use a different stamp set with this card, Label Me Pretty. It has a matching punch, making it super easy to align and get a nice, crisp outline of the image.

But other than the stamp and punch (and a bit of bling), everything else came right from the kit.

  • the watercolor banner I placed sideways
  • the leaves are the laser cut stickers that come with the kit
  • the Melon Mambo twine is also from the kit

You know I’m crazy for anything that sparkles, so I jazzed up the card with some of the Glitter Enamel Dots:

Label Me Pretty

I hope you have enjoyed taking a bit of a longer look at My Paper Pumpkin. It’s a great value, and ANYONE can use these kits – young, old, novice stampers, seasoned pros. As they say, you’re only limited by your imagination. And even if that’s on the fritz, there’s always Google and Pinterest, I’m just sayin’!

Now get outta here and go do something creative today. I command you!


My Paper Pumpkin


Pear Pizzazz

Somehow I didn’t think that the word pizzazz had two Zs in it! Who knew? But I have to admit that I’m really liking the shimmer ribbon in the new catalog, and in this case, in the Pear Pizzazz color.

Pear Pizzazz an alternate use of the June MPP kit

This is another of my alternate uses for the My Paper Pumpkin kit, One in a Melon. Here I’ve used the tissue paper (that you would normally put in the gift bag) as the front piece for my project. Love those little watermelon seeds! Yummy!

I’m amazed the bow came out so pretty here! Usually I struggle with ribbon, and fuss with it endlessly, but somehow it just all came together!

I also have gotten a lot of use out of the Metallic Sequin assortment. The container you get is filled with sequins and three different shapes and five different colors:

  • Hearts, Stars, and regular sequin shape
  • Gold, White, Clear, Silver, and Black

(Unfortunately, when I just went to look up the item number for you, I discovered that those sequins have been discontinued! I do apologize for going on and on about them, but at least I used something from my stash? That has to count for something, haha)!

Pear Pizzazz Shimmer Ribbon

All in all a successful venture, I think. I again used different pieces of the kit and tried to kick it up a notch. That explains the watermelon rind in black, the angled square watercolor paper, and the word “Sweet.”

I think you’ll find lots of different ways to use leftover supplies from the My Paper Pumpkin kits, in easy and unique ways.

How about you take off and do something creative today? Your brain will thank you!


Two Melons My Paper Pumpkin

One in Two Melons

Sounds like the beginning of a joke, doesn’t it! That’s just my clever way of saying “here is another post featuring the One in a Melon kit from Stampin’ Up!”

My Paper Pumpkin June Alternatives

I guess it would be redundant to say my My Paper Pumpkin. Hmm. At any rate, today’s card is a mash-up of one of the first projects I shared with you.

One in Melon

I began by taking the tag off the bag, and the little clothespin, and then I made a card from the pieces parts.

  • Disassembled the gift bag and cut down a piece to use as a card front  (3 ⅞” x 4 ⅜”)
  • Cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock ½” x 3 ⅞” and adhere to the card just under the bag piece
  • Cut a piece of the tissue paper into a banner and glued that down on to the cut bag piece
  • Take the tag from the gift bag and adhere it to the front of the card, at a slight angle, and overlapping the tissue paper banner
  • Using Tombow mono adhesive attach the little clothespin to the tag, laying it flat
  • If desired, use a white gel pen to make little polka dots on the small piece of Basic Black

Again, really easy, quick, and makes a nice impression. See it here:

Two Melons My Paper Pumpkin

Adorbs, right! I just love the color combos on this card: Melon Mambo, Emerald Envy, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Black; it all just feels so summery!

I know that it’s hard to send cards in the mail when they have bumps and protuberances, which is why I chose to turn the clothespin to lie flat. Did you know that the Post Office has a special stamp just for cards that are square or have the goose bumps? The stamp is a blue butterfly; I think the cost is 71 cents. Ask for the “non-machinable” stamp. They’ll know what you’re talking about.


Two Melons flat clothespin

Tomorrow I’ll have another quick card for you. It’s so easy to use up the leftover parts of the My Paper Pumpkin kit!

Now head out there and do something creative today!

My Paper Pumpkin

My Paper Pumpkin

So yesterday I showed you the kit for this month, One in a Melon. Today I thought I’d share with you a bit more about the My Paper Pumpkin monthly kit.

As I mentioned before, the kit is a monthly subscription from Stampin’ Up! The cost is $19.95 USD per month, and that includes shipping! I don’t know if you have ever gotten a monthly kit before, but most of the ones I have seen start at $30 and don’t include the cost of shipping and handling.

Let’s just look again at everything that came in this month’s kit:

My Paper Pumpkin

  • 4 printed bags
  • 6 printed card bases
  • 4 mini clothespins
  • a complete stamp set, One in a Melon
  • 2 ink spots, one in Emerald Envy, one in Melon Mambo
  • 4 sheets of printed cotton paper
  • 100 Glue dots
  • 100 mini Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • 4 yards of Melon Mambo baker’s twine
  • 6 envelopes
  • 2 sheets of watercolor die-cut pieces
  • 2 sheets of white die-cut pieces
  • 1 sheet of laser-cut leaf stickers

WOW! That’s an incredible value for just $20.

There are two different ways to subscribe, but only one thing you need to know:

** you can skip a month at any time with no penalty**

  • You can sign up online and pay month to month, for $19.95 OR
  • Buy a pre-paid subscription and save some money! You can also give it as a gift!
    • 1 month = $19.95
    • 3 months = $59
    • 6 months = $114 (saves you $1 per month)
    • 12 months = $215 (saves you about $2 per month)

Of course, you can cancel at any time! But really, who would want to spoil all that fun? Plus, you can usually get refills for the kits online from Stampin’ Up!, but you might have to act quickly, ’cause those puppies tend to sell out real fast when there’s a particularly popular kit.

Here’s a sampling of some of this year’s previous kits:

My Paper Pumpkin

This next one was designed by the CEO of Stampin’ Up!, Sara Douglass:

My Paper Pumpkin

This last one was the perfect kit for Easter!

My Paper Pumpkin

My Paper Pumpkin

You’re gonna love it!

Click here to subscribe or click on the picture below.

My Paper Pumpkin


Now get out there and do something creative today! Like get your pumpkin on!!



Faux Wood Frame

Now that I’ve finally had a chance to play with some new stuff, I want to tell you about the faux wood frame I made for a card using the Floral Statements stamp set.

One of the newest trends in embossing is texture, and to that end we now carry a few Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folders. Today I’ll be sharing with you the Pinewood Planks embossing folder and what I did to make this faux wood frame:

faux wood frame

Looks pretty cool, right? Here’s what you do:

  1. Cut a piece of Very Vanilla Thick cardstock 4¼” x 5½”  (I like the heavier card stock for the Dynamic embossing folders, because they create a deep impression)
  2. Using the Soft Suede Classic Ink pad, open up the embossing folder and tap the ink over the side that has the raised markings
  3. Place the cut cardstock piece inside the embossing folder and run it through the Big Shot
  4. Remove the cardstock and clean up the mess you made on that embossing folder 😉
  5. Now take a piece of sponge or a sponge dauber, and gently apply the ink colors that follow, in the order they are listed:
    • Basic Black
    • Chocolate Chip
    • Soft Suede
    • So Saffron

You want to be sure that you’re just lightly running the sponge over the paper – the side that we’re using has indentations, so it’s debossed, and there are no “ridges” to catch the ink. And you don’t need to fully cover the paper with each color; a little goes a long way in this case.

And there you have it? What do you think? Doesn’t really look at all like there that piece of card stock wasn’t brown to begin with!  I really the way it turned out, so I decided to use an oval die to make a faux wood frame to use with the Floral Sentiments stamp.

Now come on, get out there and do something creative today!


Guy Greetings

Happy Father’s Day

So I was perusing my stamp collection and realized that I really don’t have that many Father’s Day sentiments. Of course, I didn’t do an exhaustive search, but off the top of my head I could only think of Guy Greetings. I’m sure there are others, but this particular set is very much guy-oriented.

I have used this set before in another post, but not in the same way and without using the same images. I decided to go for a clean and simple look. As I know I’ve mentioned before, Hubs likes his cards that way.


Guy Greetings

The sentiment inside reads “no one else could fill your shoes.”

I’ve really been enjoying using the thick Very Vanilla card stock, I must admit. It just gives a nice heft to a card. I know it’s hard to tell, but I used a black puffy gel pen to highlight the shoelaces.

Don’t laugh, my original idea was to use a needle and thread and put in more realistic looking laces, but after a couple of attempts I got real and decided I was carrying things a bit too far!

No to mention that fact that these old eyes had a wee bit of trouble finding all the teeny tiny holes to put the needle through. So yeah, I gave up on that idea!

Now before I go I want to share with you the best advice my father ever gave to me:

Don’t tell Mom!

Now get out there and do something creative today, even if it’s Father’s Day!


This Little Piggy

This little piggy went to market
this little piggy stayed home
this little piggy had roast beef
this little piggy had none
and this little piggy cried
wee, wee, wee all the way home

And this little piggy is so dang cute!

This little piggy

There are several really sweet piggy images in this stamp set, and when I asked my daughter to pick out her favorite she chose the one in the photo above.

I have to admit that this card seems a little plain to me, but I couldn’t decide how, if at all,  to jazz it up any further than it is. Here’s the method I used for this card –

  • Both the little piggy and the wings were fussy cut
  • I colored in the pig with a combination of Power Pink and Pink Pirouette markers and by layering the colors
  • The clouds and wings are cut from Dazzling Diamonds Glitter Paper
  • The clouds are part of the Up and Away Thinlits
  • The rolling hills are from a Lawn Fawn border set
  • The sentiment was cut with the Classic Label Punch
  • I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the pig

The sentiment on the inside reads “…and so she did.” Super cute!

So the moral of this story is, pigs really can fly. If they are so inclined…

Now get out there and do something creative today!


Here are the supplies I used for this project: