My Paper Pumpkin April 2015 Variations

I love getting My Paper Pumpkin delivered to my door every month, even as a seasoned stamper and scrapper. Sometimes the kits spark new ideas and sometimes the stamps have just the “sentiment” that I needed to round out my (ever-growing) collection of rubber and photopolymer.

So today I’m going to show you a couple of variations I came up with for this month’s My Paper Pumpkin, which comes with some unique kraft paper envelopes and Pacific Point and Crushed Curry ink spots. Here is my take on the card as it is presented in the directions that come in each and every box:

Variations on the My Paper Pumpkin kit for April 2015

Cute, right? And everything you need is included: the cardstock, envelopes, pre-cut bows, twine, adhesives, and ink. But I got to thinking that maybe these could be dressed up a bit, quickly. And simply. Obviously you could go whole hog with these and bling them out to the max, but I wanted to do something that wouldn’t take a lot of time but would spruce up the “ingredients.”

For this variation I used a sheet from the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper. I kept the Crushed Curry bow, I used the ink spots included, the card base in Crushed Curry, the cut card stock in white, and the photopolymer stamps also included in the kit:

Variations on the My Paper Pumpkin Kit

Here’s a look at the inside of the card – I love the sentiment that includes the parentheses!

My Paper Pumpkin, Alternate Ideas using kit April 2015

Finally, I thought, hey, there’s a string on these puppies, why not use them as a tag for a gift or an ornament for the holiday tree? I grabbed some snippets of retired DSP and a retired sentiment from a couple of years ago. I used the bow from the kit but turned it inside out so the white showed. I also took one of the cards and cut it in half and covered the Pacific Point pattern with another piece of the holiday paper. Instead of the twine I used the Soft Sky Thick Baker’s Twine. Here’s how it turned out:

Variations on the My Paper Pumpkin Kit

So there you have it – you don’t have to stick with the status quo if you don’t want to, and you can do anything you put your mind (and imagination) to! Once again, here they are all together:

My Paper Pumpkin, Alternate Ideas using kit April 2015

To sign up for My Paper Pumpkin, just click here. You can sign up month by month, sign up for three months, or  get a discount if you sign up for either six or twelve months of delivery.

Here’s a quick video that Stampin’ Up! created to demonstrate this month’s My Paper Pumpkin:

Stampin’ Up! Retired Product List

retired product list

The Stampin’ Up! retired product list is up and there are some great bargains to be had.  Because the list is so lengthy you will need to click on this link here so you can see the list in its entirety. You can also go to my online store here and look at the products and pictures.

Stampin’ Up! will continue to manufacture the stamps on the retired product list through May 26, so if the set you want is out of stock it will be placed on back order for you. Everything else on the list, though, is while supplies last only, so it’s first come, first served. Some products have already sold out, so don’t wait too long.

Tomorrow, April 22, there will also be new items in the Clearance Rack section. Now is a great time to expand your collection of some terrific Stampin’ Up products.

And don’t forget that all the digital files for My Digital Studio are also on sale!


Playing with Color Combos

Do you struggle with color combos? I know I do.  I’m never quite sure what goes with what, and the color wheel just makes my head spin.  I’m hopeless when it comes to matching things off the top of my head.

But the other day I got a new Spellbinders die and I thought, what can I do to make this stand out? I knew I wanted to use Pacific Point ink, although I’m not sure why.  And I don’t usually use orange tones, but our Calypso Coral was doing its best to get my attention! And who doesn’t love the brightness of Daffodil Delight? (Yeah, I know, people who don’t like yellow)… In desperation for one more color, I thumbed through my notebook of 8½ x 11 Stampin’ Up! card stock and came across a few random sheets of Certainly Celery, which was retired a couple of years back.

I also knew going in that I wanted to have whatever sentiment I was using appear in a circle, so the next thing I did was go through my book of Stampin’ Up! images to see what I could use, and came across Chalk Talk. Perfect!

Here is the end result of my color combos soul-searching!

Color combos with Stampin' Up! card stock and Spellbinders chevron die.

I recently noticed that my camera doesn’t exactly pick up my card stock colors correctly, so in reality, the blue actually has a bit more teal to it; but you get the general idea! I like the way the colors are so vibrant in relation to each other. Definitely out of my comfort zone, since I adore pastels!!

Butterfly Thinlits Back in Stock

The Long Wait Is Over!!

Slowly but surely the long wait for items that have sat in containers on ships at the west coast docks is finally easing. Stampin’ Up has just announced that the Butterfly Thinlits are back in stock after several months, and to celebrate their arrival they have announced a special 15% discount on the thinlits. Not only that, but if you purchase one of the Butterfly Bundles (which are already at a 15% discount), you can choose from one of three exclusive Sale-a-Bration prizes.

This is what you’ve been waiting for:

butterfly thinlits back in stock

This offer is only good until the end of April, so if you’ve been waiting forever for these beauties to come back in stock, now is the time to grab them, especially at such a great price.  And if you’ve been on the fence about whether to get them or not, this would also be a great time to do so!

Coming up this Tuesday we’ll have the Retired List – which will include every single Digital Download for MDS, as Stampin’ Up! will no longer offer support or downloads for My Digital Studio after May, 2015. Stamp sets and accessories will also be at a reduced price on this list. Be sure to check back to see what other goodies you can pick up.

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: 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,  number *4* on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!

For Peeps Sake!

So I’ve been working on making some “watercolor” cards lately, inspired by a class over at BPC (Big Picture Classes). I don’t happen to have any paints in the house, so I’ve been using my ink pads and water to formulate my own.  I kind of like using some minimalist design to showcase the stamp sets I’ve used, and this one is no different. The stamp set is For Peeps Sake, which is “totes adorbs”, as my daughter would say.

for peeps sake

I mean, these guys are seriously cute! So I grabbed my ink pads, squished them together so I had a spot of ink on the inside cover, got a little glass of water, and pulled out a paintbrush.

After I colored in the little Easter eggs I went back over them, once they were dry, with some Crystal Effects to help them pop a bit.  When I went to stamp the sentiment on my tag, I inked up the stamp and then went back and removed the tiny Easter eggs under the word “egg-cellent.” I didn’t want them on the tag, so I used a dry paintbrush to wipe off the color.

I decided to fussy cut the chick because I wanted him to stand out but I didn’t want to use any Stampin’ Dimensionals under him. Thank goodness for paper snips – I’m grateful they’re as sharp as they are cause you need them to be when you’re cutting such small pieces of paper!

So here is my card:

For Peeps Sake Stampin Up Easter

And here are some of the supplies I used to make it:

Sale-a-Bration 2015 Just Got Even Better!

Sale-a-Bration just gets better and better. And because you guys have been loving the FREE stuff, Stampin’ Up! has just made available even more free items. But don’t wait too long – Sale-a-Bration 2015 ends on March 31! Whether you’re stocking up on your paper crafting supplies or wanting to try out some of the fantastic new products, every $50 you spend gets you the free goodies!

Here are the new items:


Pals Blog Hop March 2015

Welcome to the March Pals Blog Hop where we are celebrating spring. This month we are featuring spring related projects for Mother’s Day, Easter or any other occasion that celebrates winter coming to an end.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Liz Gatreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin 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 of the amazing creations.

I am so ready for the sun to shine and the snow to melt. It seems like it’s been a long winter (is it just me, or did January and February have extra days in them?) and I’m ready to see robins and crocuses. (Croci)? In fact, just the sight of squishy brown mud has me swooning these days! Yes, I might have a bit of cabin fever. Or cabin flu. Whatever.

All this extra time (those extra days someone threw into January and February) has provided me with an opportunity to spend some time playing with scissors and other assorted sharp objects. And some paper. So here is my celebration of Spring, complete with pastel colors and butterflies:

For this card I grabbed a cup of water, a paint brush, and three of my favorite colors, Pistachio Pudding, Daffodil Delight, and Coastal Cabana, and just used the ink pad cover as my paint palette and did some faux water coloring on watercolor paper. I pulled the “happy” from a former My Paper Pumpkin kit, and cut the “spring” with the Little Letters thinlits and Strawberry Slush card stock.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go put my galoshes on and then make some mud pies! Thanks for joining me today. The next stop on the Blog Hop is September Gray! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you next month!

Here is the complete lineup for this month’s Hop:

  1. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  2. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  3. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  4. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  5. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  6. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  7. Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings
  8. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts By Patti
  9. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  10. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  11. Natalie Bradley at Soiree by Natalie Bradley
  12. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  13. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  14. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  15. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  16. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  17. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  18. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  19. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  20. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Blog
  21. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  22. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  23. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  24. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  25. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  26. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  27. Benjaman Turner at He Stamps
  28. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery
  29. Liz Gautreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin
  30. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore   ← You are here and so am I
  31. September Gray at
  32. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  33. Becky Volpp at
  34. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  35. Brian King at Stamp with Brian

Mother Goose Shadow Box

I’ve been working on this project for a while, and even though the main “ingredients,” as it were, are Graphic 45, the “bones” are supported by Stampin’ Up! products. It will be going out to a certain someone as soon as I can get it boxed up and on its way. The Mother Goose pattern reminds me of some of the books I had as a child. I really, really love the vintage designs from Graphic 45.

Front cover:

Inside cover, left:

Inside cover, right:

But you can’t send a gift out without a gift card, so I decided to try a mini card in a box that I saw on YouTube. And when I say “mini,” I mean, it measures only 3 inches by 3 inches!

Yes, there were tweezers involved – not because it was all that difficult but because my hands were too big! I used the Lullaby Designer Series Paper and also made the matching envelope.

I love the little faces from the Itty Bitty Baby stamp set – they are just so precious. Just like the little fella who inspired this project! 🙂