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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!!



One in a Melon

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!


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:

Marker Stamping

If today’s card were a song it would be “Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse. There is nothing more simple or that makes a bigger impact than the use of black on white. In my opinion, at any rate.

But believe it or not, what I want you to notice today is the difference in the ink saturation between Stampin’ Write Markers and Stampin’ Classic Ink pads. I have used both techniques on the card below. Can you tell which is which?

Marker Stamping

Marker Stamping

When you stamp your image with a marker you are coloring directly onto the rubber or photopolymer stamp. Your stamp never touches an ink pad. There are a couple of bonuses that I can think of, right off the top of my head:

  • Marker stamping produces a lighter image, giving the image an almost watercolor look to it
  • You can use multiple markers of different color on one stamp to give a truly unique look without worrying about the ink bleeding or smudging your image

Now let’s take a closer look at the card and I will point out the difference:

Marker Stamping

You can see the ink pad gives a cleaner, crisper, more saturated image. But while marker stamping is none of those things, I like the way the texture gives the flowers an almost folk-art feeling.

This card is a CASE of a design in the new catalog, with one major distinction. When I was adhering the sequins to the card I decided after I put the first one down that I wanted to use the heart-shaped ones. Well, removing the one I had already glued down made a real mess so I stamped the larger flower, fussy cut it and the leaves, and adhered them to the top left corner to hide my gruesome mistake.

Now be honest, could you tell, or were you just admiring the extra flower on the card? Hmmm. I’ll let you plead the fifth. But only if you promise to do one thing:

Get out there and do something creative today!!

Here are today’s supplies – that scrumptious new Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon is to die for!


Sending Love

Yesterday was B is for Book and today is B is for Black. I’m sending love as I’ve been experimenting with the new Lots of Love stamp set, and am smitten with the big. bold, Brush font that is used for the “sending lots of love sentiment.”  You’re also getting a look at one of the papers in the new Just Add Color Designer Series Paper pack, but here I have chosen to use it as a simple black and white background without coloring it in.

Sending Love

The patterns on this paper tend to be very large, so I thought that using it as a card front would require a landscape orientation, as opposed to the standard portrait orientation.

I was trying to decide how to use the Brush font sentiment without totally obscuring the beautiful background paper, so I went digging in my filing cabinet and found some adhesive-backed acetate.

Here’s what you need to know about acetate:

  •  it takes a long time to dry when you stamp on it.
  • You cannot use a heat tool because that will warp the plastic. Trust me on this. It’s painful to watch.
  • You cannot increase the ink coverage by stamping repeatedly, even with a MISTI. The ink just leaves pools of color.

So what can you do? Well, in this case, since I was using black ink, I let the acetate dry completely and then any areas where the color wasn’t as deep as in others I simple colored those places in with a black Sharpie. Boom! Done! I let the Sharpie ink dry completely and then carefully removed the backing on the acetate and adhere it to the front of my card base.

Sending love to you all!

Now get out there and do something creative today. I’m counting on you!!

Here are my supplies; clicking on the links will take you to my online store.

**  A note about the Window Sheets below: they are NOT adhesive, but they are the same quality as the acetate I used. Staz-On ink, which we no longer carry (sad face), is probably the best type of ink to use. It dries a lot quicker and doesn’t smear at all. Just sayin’.


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!!