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:

Product List

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!

 

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

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!!

 

 

One in a Melon

Once a month I get a delicious treat (totally non-fattening) that makes me smile – My Paper Pumpkin, a subscription kit from Stampin’ Up! This month’s kit, One in a Melon, is super cute.

Here is a picture of everything included in this month’s kit:

One in a Melon

Now that’s a lot of stuff: a stamp set, two ink spots, embellishments, envelopes, bags and tags, just about everything you need to make 8 projects! The only thing you need to supply is a pair of scissors. (You get a free acrylic block for the stamps the first time you subscribe).

The directions are easy to follow:

One in a Melon

You always know what’s included each month:

One in a Melon

(did you notice there’s even a measurement guide on the bottom so you don’t even need a ruler to cut the twine to the right length)

There is a full-color photo on the front of the instructions and a link for a video showing you how to put the contents together:

One in a Melon

And here is my sample of the two projects included:

One in a Melon

Super, super cute and easy, like I said. The little card is totes adorbs, the leaves are self-adhesive, and everything is nicely coordinated!

One in a Melon

Now I just need to slip in that little jewelry box and gift card into the bag and I’m ready to go to the party!

One in a Melon

Tomorrow I’ll show you some things you can do with the same kit but in a way that is completely different than what is shown!

Now get out there and do something creative today! And remember, you are one in a melon! (sorry, I just had to!)

 

Crafting Forever

This is another new stamp set, Crafting Forever. It’s one of the sets my daughter picked out as being a favorite, and she asked me to make a card using it. So here it is:

crafting forever

I think I’ve done more fussy cutting the last few days than I have in years! I fussy cut the scissors, but I also cut the pot from the brushes so I could pop it up with some dimensionals.

As you might have noticed, I used a piece of that faux wood frame and cut out a circle to put behind the sentiment. I also made my own background by using the splatter stamp from the Touches of Texture set and just used a bunch of different colors to randomly stamp over the cardstock.

I also love that the sentiment I used above echoes one of my favorite sayings. Did you notice? You probably did. You’re very smart, I can tell! Another sentiment in the set should be every crafter’s war cry:

Crafting Forever, Housework Never

And that’s the truth! Now get out there and do something creative today – because I said so!

 

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!