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

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

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!

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!

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!!

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!!

**  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 is probably the best type of ink to use. It dries a lot quicker and doesn’t smear at all. Just sayin’.