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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!!

 

 

B is for Book

B is for Book

Welcome to the June 2017 Pals’ Blog Hop. Thank you so much for joining us today. This month’s theme, Pick a “B”, features projects inspired by Babies, Birthdays, Brides, and Books, just to name few. You might just get a glimpse of new catalog products while you hop with us today.

Whether you’re just starting the hop, or you have come from my dear friend Jeanie Stark, you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

B is for Book

So I’ve told you that my favorite new product suite is the Birthday Delivery set, right? While I sat brainstorming (aah, another B), I kept thinking about how the art work in that suite would be perfect for a children’s book. Oh, right, Book begins with B! Problem solved! (And while we’re on the topic, I think the little critters in this suite could be right out of something by Richard Scarry).

Well, I am a librarian, after all, so Book it is.  A Squash Book, that is. Yup, one of those all folded up types that seems impossible to get back together once you’ve opened it, am I right?

I have made many of these before, but this time I decided to use 12 x 12 paper, so the book comes out as 6 x 6.  Here’s the cover:

B is for Book

I die cut the images from the Designer Series Paper and then die cut a piece of matching fun foam to adhere them to for added stability. Remember, each square is 6 x 6, so here’s the short person trying to get a full picture of the whole thing opened up:

B is for Book

I managed to get a couple of pop-ups in there, as well:

B is for Book

B is for Book

I used the sentiments from the Birthday Delivery set and just one sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous (Party Time).

B is for Book

And yes, those little balloons have strings. And yes, I’m losing my mind! Haha!

B is for Book

There you have it. Now it’s time to close the book on this post.

Now get out there and do something creative today!

Thanks again for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on July 12th. We’re having a pattern party! Now hop along to the next in line, Pamela Sandler or by using the Blog Hop Line-up below. See you on July 12th for the next Pals’ Blog Hop! 

Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  3. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  4. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  5. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  6. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  7. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  8. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  9. Mary Hanson at Up North Stampin’
  10. Peggy Noe at Prettypapercards
  11. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  12. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  13. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  14. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  15. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  16. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  17. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  18. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  19. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore     Ü  here we are!  
  20. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  21. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  22. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  23. Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme
  24. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  25. Sara Hicks Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  26. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  27. Su Mohr at Aromas and Art

Winter Is Coming

Okay, I don’t know where you live, but I’m on the East Coast and today it was hotter than … well, you know what. So I thought we should pause, reflect, and remember, Winter is coming. So here is  your summer-heat-I-can’t-believe-I-miss-the-cold moment:

winter is coming

Ahhh, I feel cooler already. How refreshing! 😉

Now when I think winter I usually think Christmas, and it dawned on me that I never showed you the little tags and boxes I made for my book club gals. They’re just the nicest bunch of ladies and we have delicious fun when we meet once a month. Yes, I mean delicious, cause we eat and drink, my friends, and in betwixt and between we talk about the book we read for the month.

I figured they could all use extra gift tags for the holidays, so here’s what they received:

winter is coming

I love making tags, and I love using tags. One year I made enough tags so that everyone in my family had individualized tags for ALL of their presents so they could easily grab their packages from under the tree knowing whose present was whose.

Yeah, right. And then I grew up.

I digress. All these fun little tags fit into a cute little 3″ x 3″ box that Stampin’ Up! had in the Holiday catalog last year, complete with a clear plastic sleeve. So I decorated the boxes a little, didn’t want to get too crazy, and here is an example:

winter is coming

I hope those boxes come back this year. They were really fun and they were also food safe, so you could fill them with edible goodies.

Okay, I know you were waiting for them so here are your Game of Thrones memes

Winter is coming

 

winter is coming

And one of my favorites:

winter is coming

Now go forth and do something creative today!!

My Catalog Order Part 1

Greetings and Salutations from Baltimore, and welcome to my catalog order part 1 reveal!

Baltimore is named after a Lord Baltimore, and in the war of 1812 it was condemned by the British for being a “nest of Pirates.” Now that’s an interesting tidbit – pirates sound both romantic and scary at the same time! So today I am going to share with you some of the “booty” from the new catalog and a glimpse at my “treasure!”

Catalog Order part 1:

There are so many new bundles and paper packs and ribbons and trim that it can be overwhelming. Let’s face it, we want it all, right? Today I will highlight my number one favorite product in the new catty.

Birthday Memories Suite

You will find this nostalgic and colorful suite in a two-page spread on pages 68-69. There are 6 products in this suite:

  • Birthday Delivery, which features 23 fun photopolymer stamps: over half a dozen sentiments and ten delightful images
  • Birthday Friends Framelits, that includes a total of 10 dies: BONUS: the images in the paper pack coordinate with the framelits, so if you don’t think your coloring techniques are up to par you can just die cut your favorite images right from the paper
  • Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper, a total of 12 double-sided sheets, 12″ x 12″
  • ¼” Stitched Edge Ribbon in four bright coordinating colors
  • Birthday Memories Cardstock Pack which includes twenty-four pieces of 8½” x 11″ paper in Crumb Cake, Pacific Point, and Soft Sky
  • Balloon Honeycomb Embellishments: 12 pieces in three colors, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, and Soft Sky

Ladies and Gentlemen, here is your lineup:

 

And here are some cute ideas using this product suite:

Birthday Delivery Catalog Order Part 1

Sandi is a Canadian demonstrator who is sharing a card made by cutting out the images in the Designer Series Paper Pack using the framelits. I love the colors she has chosen for her backgrounds, they are so bright and cheery!

And here is the entire suite of products in a delightful birthday party display, created by the artists at Stampin’ Up!:

Birthday Delivery catalog order part 1
images © Stampin Up!

Reminds me a bit of the old Golden Books from back in the day!

Now go forth and do something creative today!

Pals Blog Hop November 2016

Anything But a Card Pals Blog Hop November 2016

Pals Blog Hop November 2016Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for November 2016. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month our projects feature items that are considered 3D, Home Décor, or Gift Sets. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and hope you enjoy our creations.

You might just be starting the Blog Hop or you might have come from Sue Becker at RnR Stamping, the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you can see all the projects.

I just got back from Atlanta, Georgia where I had the good fortune to attend Stampin’ Up! OnStage and Brian King’s World Card Making Day event. I got to meet lots of new people and many Facebook friends, too.  I also got to witness my direct upline, Mary Fish, being named the #1 Demonstrator in the US and the #1 Global Demonstrator! Congrats, Mary! Love you more than my luggage!

While I was there I also had a few of my burning questions answered:

  • How tall is Brian King? VERY tall. Beyond measurement, really.
  • Mary Fish can jump REALLY high. I mean, higher than kangaroo high.
  • Sometimes it does take the bartender more than one try to make me the perfect Dirty Martini.
  • It is indeed possible to clap so hard that you bruise your palms.
  • Yes, this here Yankee could teach the Southern gals at my table a few new tricks! Y’all come back now, y’hear? And finally,
  • Whether they’re five or sixty-five, a good chunk of your audience will FAIL at following directions! And at listening for said directions!  😉

Here’s my anything but a card

One of the events of World Card Making Day was a 3D swap. I decided to make a shadow box.  I actually wound up making about five of them. One of them was successful (guess which one that was, one through four don’t count), and it is so sparkly that no matter how I took the picture it’s really hard to see the fine details!

Pals Blog Hop November 2016 3D Swap by Amy Hoptay, the Jurassic Crafter, craftcarnivore.com

Here’s another look, this time from the table where all the swaps were laid out, and where you can at least make out the detail!

Pals Blog Hop November 2016 3D Swap by Amy Hoptay, the Jurassic Crafter, craftcarnivore.com

This shadow box is made completely from a 12 x 12 piece of Dazzling Diamonds glitter paper. You can purchase the tutorial by clicking on the banner up above that says “Tutorials” – and it’s only $5 for the eleven (count ’em) 11 page instructions!

I leave you now with some words of wisdom. So until next time, stay thirsty, my friends! ~ Amy

Pals Blog Hop November 2016

Thanks for visiting. Your next stop is #17, Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations.  You can also refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  3. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  4. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  5. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  6. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  7. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  8. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  9. Becky Volpp at InkblossomwithBecky
  10. Lynn Tague at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com
  11. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  12. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  13. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  14. Karen Zaring Browning at Stamp With Me KZB
  15. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  16. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore   You, my friend, are right HERE!
  17. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  18. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
Clock Face Designer Series Paper Stampin Up

The countdown begins for the next Blog Hop

Countdown to the next Pals' Blog Hop

Countdown! See how I did that?

Well, yes, the next blog hop happens this Wednesday, June 8th. Lots of Pals will be displaying their beauteous artwork for you to admire, featuring all things “B”.

Are you admiring my clock? I sure hope so. I used some of the retired It’s My Party Designer Series paper and my Cricut Explore Air to cut out the face. The clock is a very inexpensive plastic that comes apart very easily, allowing you to customize the way it looks. I had hoped to post this before the paper was no longer available, but TIME slipped away from me. Zing! Guess I’ll just have to FACE the music…

Okay, enough with the bad puns. Check back here on Wednesday to check out the hop!

Nursery subway art using vinyl and my new Circut Explore Air machine

Nursery Subway Art in Vinyl

My first attempt at subway art using vinyl!

I recently bought a new Cricut machine – the Cricut Explore Air. (They made me an offer I couldn’t refuse…I swear, craft product manufacturers are like the Mafia). I still have my Expression machine, but I will hold on to it for now, because I can only use the Explore Air with an internet connection, whereas with the Expression I don’t need one and can use all my cartridges, etc, right in the machine.

Now what’s the next thing you do when you buy a new machine? That’s right, you have to get the accessories and materials that you can use with it. I had actually been wanting to make some nursery subway art so when I had the opportunity to make a project I jumped on it. I purchased some adhesive-backed vinyl and scouted around the web to get some ideas. I have made subway art before, but this was my first time making it with vinyl.

I knew I wanted to use a floating frame, so that was my first step. I found the one I used for this project at Michael’s, for a very reasonable price (especially if you use a coupon).

Next step was to plan out the design. I used Cricut Design Space (online only) to lay out the letters and elements, using a font and graphic from the Cricut Access files (you pay a monthly or yearly fee to have free use of anything they have in their catalog of thousands of images and fonts).

I loaded the mat with the colored surface facing up, set the machine dial for “vinyl” and hit the “go” button.

Using transfer paper I set the vinyl onto the glass, reassembled the frame, and was done.

Now, a couple of notes here:

  • Make sure that both pieces of glass are spotless before you adhere anything. Make sure your hands are clean and use a  microfiber cloth to clean the glass so you don’t have any little dust pieces hanging around.
  • Place the glass on which you are adhering the vinyl over a piece of grid paper so you can mark the center. You have to peel the vinyl off in one go, and if it’s crooked your goose is cooked. Draw a straight line on the horizontal and vertical lines of your grid paper. Lay the glass down and center it over your grid. It makes it so much easier to center the project.
  • Burnish, burnish, burnish! I can’t stress this enough! You want to make absolutely sure that you have securely sealed the vinyl to the glass before you even attempt to remove the transfer paper. If you lift the paper before you have the vinyl stuck down it will be a nightmare to try to fill in the missing pieces. Trust me, I speak from experience!

Here’s the finished project – monochromatic per the recipient’s preference:

Nursery subway art using vinyl and my new Circut Explore Air machine

Sorry about the glare from the camera flash – it was dark that day. Kind of like in a subway. Okay, ignore that one!

Stampin Up Pals Blog Hop Patterns Floral Bouquet DSP and Floral Phrases Suite Ideas - The Jurassic Crafter stampinup

It’s the Pals Blog Hop for May 2016

It’s that time of the month again…for a Pals Blog Hop

Pals Blog Hop Logo for May 2016

 

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for May 2016.  We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are featuring projects that are “stepped up” by using textures or fun techniques. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you can see all the projects.

For the longest time I have been wanting to make a Pocket Letter™ (yes, it’s trade marked. I checked.), and because this is my daughter’s first Mother’s Day, I decided to take the plunge. Here’s what I came up with:

Pocket Letter made with Stampin' Up! Timeless Elegance

(Sorry for the shiny spots – but that’s what a flash does to plastic)! Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper has been my favorite of all the designer papers in the Annual Catalog. So I pulled it out once again to use for this project. Making the “letter” is actually very simple. Here’s what you do:

  • get yourself some pocket pages that are 8½” by 11″ and have a total of nine equally sized pockets. You can find them almost anywhere (craft stores, office supply stores, Walmart, etc.).
  • Fill your pockets!

Really, it’s that simple!

Of course, figuring out what to put in them can be a bit of a challenge. In the middle pocket of the first and third rows I made a gift card envelope and stuck in a gift card, which I then put in the pocket.

  • All of the embellishments that you see are on the outside of each pocket – ’cause I figured that even if all the papers fell out there would still be some pretty left behind. 😉
  • I colored the roses of the designer paper with my ink pads and an aqua pen
  • Punches were my go-to! I used the Banner Triple punch, the Bitty Butterfly, Bracket Label, Bow Builder, and the Curvy Corner Trio. Can you tell which ones are which?
  • I stole the black card stock tags from the My Paper Pumpkin wreath kit for April. Hey, they were left over, so why not?
  • My sparkles were the Pearls Basic Jewels (on the roses) and some Metallic Sequins that I sealed in the pockets with washi tape.
  • Stamps used: Circle of Spring, Tag Talk, Timeless Love, Papillon Potpourri, and Cottage Greetings on the envelope.

And the great thing is that you can then fold up the page in thirds and put it in a #10 envelope to mail! Just like that! Here’s my envelope:

Pocket Letter made with Stampin' Up! Timeless Elegance

Don’t wait!

Some of these lovely products are only going to be around for a little bit longer, so get ’em while the getting is good!

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner
  3. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  4. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  5. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  6. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  7. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore  It’s the circle of life – and you are here!
  8. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  9. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  10. Natalie Bradley at NatalieBradley.com
  11. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  12. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  13. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  14. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  15. Peggy Noe at Prettypapercards
  16. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  17. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  18. Pam Dotts at Clearly Southern Stampin’
  19. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  20. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  21. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  22. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  23. Nicole Everitt at Stamp Scrap Love
Papertrey Ink Needle Book made with Sewing Staples

Quick Stitch Sewing Staples Kit

So while I’ve been recuperating from cancer surgery I decided to poke around my craft room to see what unfinished projects I had lying around – um, yes, too many to count, I know you know what I mean. But I was looking for something not too taxing that I could do while sitting up in bed, and I came across this Quick Stitch Sewing Staples Kit by Papertrey Ink. The dies can be used with paper and fabric, and in this case I used felt. So I had my minions cut everything out with the Big Shot so I could then sew everything together. The first photo is of the needle book and the scissors holder:

Sewing Staples Kit from Papertrey Ink

 

These next photos are of the inside of the needle book:

Sewing Staples Kit papetrey inkSewing staples kit papertrey ink

 

Oh, a reminder – the retired list for Stampin’ Up! will be out on the 21st, and will include stamp sets, designer papers, and accessories, so stay tuned in case you want to pick up any of these going, going, gone items before they really are. I will post a link to the list when it is released. This includes, of course, my favorite In Colors 2013-2015: Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, and Strawberry Slush. Anything in the catalog featuring those colors will automatically retire (but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that maybe, just maybe, one or more of these will make it into the regular color palette)!

So that’s what I’ve been up to, what are you doing?

Pals Blog Hop 2015

Pals Blog Hop: Every Day is Earth Day

Pals Blog Hop 2015You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery,  number *2* on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

I decided to take a small binder that I had lying around collecting dust and somehow re-purpose it. I didn’t want to use it for photo storage, so, in poking around the world wide web I came across this idea by Julie Campbell. My photo album is now a Card Binder!

Pals Blog Hop Earth Day

 

In the spirit of Renew, Reuse and Recycle, I pulled out my favorite paper from last year’s Sale-a-Bration, the gorgeous Sweet Sorbet, and used different patterns to complete the look. Inside I made my own file folder for cards of all sorts, as well as an oversize envelope on the inside cover to hold liners and envelopes.

Pals Blog Hop Earth Day

I printed up my own perpetual calendar pages and then had fun decorating them with the Perpetual Birthday Calendar photopolymer stamp set, which you can purchase here.

Pals Blog Hop Earth Day

I saved the clear photo pages from the original album and I plan on using them to store postage stamps and some fun stickers.  So no more excuses for not remembering birthdays and anniversaries, since everything I need is all in one handy spot!

The next stop is Becky Volpp at inkblossomwithbecky.com,  number *4* on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!