Sunday, July 24, 2016

Paper Pumpkin July 2016 Alternatives - Christmas cards



I must admit that the weird "jewel" looking boxes in this month's Paper Pumpkin kit did not appeal to me, as far as boxes go.  I love a good box!  Just not that thrilled with these wonky shaped boxes.  There were 4 small and 4 larger size gem boxes.  I cut up 1 of each size - cut all the triangle pieces out to make "trees".

Out of 2 boxes, I got enough triangles to make 6 Christmas cards with TREES!  Yeah, they're triangle trees, but that's okay with me. 

I sponged the Emerald Envy ink on some of them.  The boxes themselves are a sturdy, coated white cardboard with COPPER embossed bits on them.  I LOVE the copper!  I'm also glad that I found a 1/2 sheet of some shiny copper cardstock that Stampin' Up carried years ago.  Out of that 1/2 sheet, I cut it down to layer 2 cards, and then cut out the middle to punch small stars, cut tree trunks, and get 2 scalloped ovals punched out.

Did some embossing with copper embossing powder.  A little embossing folder action (Gently Falling, and Woodland).  Used some of the Emerald Envy thick baker's twine that came in the Paper Pumpkin. 

I will say this - even though I don't like the boxes very much, all the bits and pieces are awesome.  There is no Baker's Twine in Emerald Envy and Flirty Flamingo in the catalog, but now I've got a bunch to use, so that makes me happy!

Other than the July 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit, this is what you'll need to create these:

Stamps:  Oh What Fun!, Happy Scenes (retired)
Ink:  Emerald Envy
Paper:  Whisper White, Emerald Envy, Copper (retired)
Other:  Big Shot, Gently Falling and Woodland embossing folders, tiny Star punch (retired, must have been from a 3-pack), Copper embossing powder, Heat gun, Embossing Buddy, Large & Scallop Oval punches (retired), Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Happy Stamping!

Toni

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Thoughtful Branches - trio of leaves

Out of the 3 cards that I made tonight, this one is my favorite.  Super simple.  Vanilla on Vanilla layer, popped up with dimensionals.  LEAVES.  Colors.  4 1/4" square card.  Definitely my favorite for tonight.

Stamped off with the Gorgeous Grunge line/streak things, and then stamped a leaf in the same color full-strength right on top of it. 

Easy peasy!

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches bundle
Ink:  Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  Very Vanilla
Other:  Stampin' Dimensionals

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Happy Stamping!

Toni

Thoughtful Branches - scattered leaves

It is a wide-known fact that I LOVE fall, and leaves.  Another reason why the Thoughtful Branches set appeals to me so much.  I love these colors together. 

I used the splatter from Gorgeous Grunge and stamped off with Crumb Cake to give it a lighter little spritz of speckles.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches bundle, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Garden Green
Paper:  Soft Suede (retired, sorry!  I was just happy to find a 1/2 sheet in my scrap pile), Garden Green, Very Vanilla

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Happy Stamping!

Toni

Thoughtful Branches - Hydrangea

I cannot say it enough - I LOVE this Thoughtful Branches stamp set!  When I first saw it, I thought of hydrangeas...because my mom has a bunch and she loves them.  In fact, I think I've used a hydrangea stamp to make her birthday card for maybe the past 10 years. 


The stamps are photopolymer, and they line up in the thinlits very easily.  I had no trouble cutting that detailed tree/hydrangea out.  I actually stamped and cut 2 of them out for this card, so it would look fuller.  I just staggered them a little bit.

I also hit pretty much every leaf with some Dazzling Details, which I just realized is not available anymore.  Use whatever form of glitter you have!

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches bundle (coming in August!)
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder, Pistachio Pudding (retired, but use any green)
Paper:  Wisteria Wonder, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White
Other:  Big Shot, Brick Wall embossing folder, Thoughtful Branches framelits, Triple Banner punch, Dazzling Details (or glitter and a glue pen).

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Happy Stamping!

Toni

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Christmas in July - Thoughtful Branches

While I was excited to get my Time of Year stamps, I was REALLY happy to get this new Thoughtful Branches set.  It will be a Limited Time only set/bundle, available in August.  More ideas to come, but this was my first.

Gold embossing with a little Dapper Denim.  I found the 2 pieces of Very Vanilla on my stamp table (it's a mess!), already cut so I went with it.  I like Vanilla on Vanilla layers, or White on White too.  Pop that whole layer up, so it stands out.  I also popped up the banner.  I did hand-cut that banner.

Simple enough, but I like it.  I like the variety of trees and branch things in this set.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Thoughtful Branches, Time of Year
Ink:  Versamark, Dapper Denim
Paper:  Very Vanilla
Other:  Heat gun, Gold embossing powder, Embossing Buddy, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Happy Stamping,

Toni

Christmas in July - Time of Year


I was so happy to get this new hostess set, Time of Year, in my box of stamping goodies this week.  There is a framelit set that goes with it, but I do not have that so I hand-cut the banners.  It's not much trouble at all.

I thought embossing would look nice, so I gave it a whirl.  I love it!  Silver might have worked better, but now we'll never know.  :)

I had one piece of this designer paper left from last year's Christmas selection, so now I have six Christmas cards made and ready to go!  Added some gold sequins and popped up that banner. 



Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Time of Year
Ink:  Versamark, Soft Sky
Paper:  Soft Sky, Mossy Meadow (retired In Color - because that's what was in the dsp), Whisper White, Christmas designer paper (retired...sorry, I don't even remember the name of it.  ANY holiday print will work)
Other:  Heat gun, Gold embossing powder, Embossing Buddy, Gold Sequin trim, Tombow Liquid Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Happy Stamping,

Toni

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Gift card box - Oh Happy Day card kit stamps


This 3 1/2" square box will hold a small gift or a gift card!  I ended up with this size, because I wanted to use the Serene Scenery designer paper stack (6x6) for the lid.  The bottom is made from cardstock, so it's sturdy.  I don't like to make box bottoms out of dsp...too flimsy in my book.

Measurements make this box -

Lid:  Cut paper 6" x 6".  **GUESS what???  Using the Serene Scenery stack makes it easy - it's already 6x6.  Score all sides at 1 1/4".

Bottom:  Cut cardstock  5 15/16" x 5 15/16"  (this is a tight box - it's only 1/16 smaller than the lid.  You could go 5 7/8" x 5 7/8" if you wanted a little more wiggle room.)   Score all sides at 1 1/4".

Cut flaps as shown, on both the lid and box bottom.  Same way for both.  This gives you the flaps to fold in.  Use sticky strip to attach the flaps to the inside of the box.  Cutting the angle just makes it a little easier to assemble.


Don't forget to cut a small half-circle on the sides of your box lid, so you can pull the lid off more easily.  I think I used a 3/4" circle punch here.


Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Oh Happy Day card kit stamps, Perpetual Calendar
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake (stamped off for the splatters)
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Serene Scenery designer series paper stack
Other:  Sticky strip/red-line tape, 3/4" circle punch, Scoring board, 2" circle punch, Early Espresso ribbon (retired), Linen Thread

Enjoy making more boxes!

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Happy Stamping,

Toni

Flower Patch Drapery Fold

I finally got the Drapery Fold technique down!  Only took me 6 tries, but I finally got measurements that I like.  Google for "drapery fold" or "curtain fold", and you'll get many tutorials for how to do this. 

These are the designer paper measurements and scores that I decided on, for a portrait-oriented card.

DSP:  3 1/2" x 9"

Score at  1 1/2", 2", 3", 3 1/2", 4 1/2", 5", 6", 6 1/2", 7 1/2", and 8".

Then you need to cut, from the very bottom of your first score mark (1 1/2") up at an angle til about 1" from the top of the right side of your strip of paper.  Fold like curtains, and I attach a line of sticky strip/red-line tape to the top of the back side to really keep all the folds in place.   I also put some liquid glue under the middle-ish are of the curtain, to keep it smashed down - that's just my preference to have it tightened down.


Here's a close-up to show where to start your cut.


Have fun with this technique!  The card on the right was my first finished attempt, after I got the cutting and scoring the way that I liked it.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this (the card on the left anyway):

Stamps:  Flower Patch, Birthday Blossoms
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Blushing Bride
Paper:  Sweet Sugarplum, Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Blooms & Bliss designer series paper
Other:  Big Shot, Flower Flair Framelits, Sweet Sugarplum 3/8" Ruched ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, sticky strip/red-line tape, Tombow liquid glue.

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Happy Stamping,

Toni

Perfectly Wrapped - four ways!



Same design, same stamp set, and same designer series paper pack for all of these.  I love the similarities, and the differences.  I used the circle and flowers to make different backgrounds.

Color choices came directly from the designer paper pack.

Greeting circle is popped up with dimensionals.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create these:

Stamps:  Perfectly Wrapped
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Island Indigo, Mint Macaron
Paper:  Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Island Indigo, Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Blooms & Bliss designer series paper
Other:  2" circle punch, Triple Banner punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Sweet Sugarplum 3/8" Ruched ribbon, SU mini stapler, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Happy Stamping,

Toni

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Paper Pumpkin June 2016 creations

I had so much fun with my June Paper Pumpkin kit!  I used up the ENTIRE KIT this month; I'm so proud of myself!  I ended up making 4 banners, 3 birthday cards, 1 gift card holder with a little card, and 1 inspirational card. 
 

I first made banners for myself and my friend at work, so we can have something pretty at our desks.

Then I made a banner and wrapped it around a card.  I didn't get a picture of the banner before I folded it all up, but it says "HAPPY".  I sent it to my God Son, who just got engaged!!! Congratulations to him and his bride-to-be!

Then I made an "AMAZING" banner for my friend, because she is an amazing person!  You go girl!  I was so excited to put it in the cute little Mint Macaron bag and send it that I didn't get a picture of it.  It looked the same as my name banners.  :)



Followed up with 3 birthday cards, each having it's own single banner.

I had one Mint bag left, so I folded it up.  Taped the edges closed with the washi tape from the kit, and made a little birthday card.  A gift card will go right in that first pocket, where I've got a little piece of white sticking out.  Card was 3 1/2" x 4 1/4" finished.  The front of the card was actually one half of the pre-cut cards, cut down.  Then I stuck washi tape on top of the white stripes - it fit perfectly.

I had the front of one card left, so I cut it down a smidge to get rid of the "side holes", and made this card using the Seaside Shore stamps.  The greeting is from another Paper Pumpkin kit...from some time last year, I think.

I LOVE all the things that I made with this kit!!!  I'm excited to see what comes this month.

Happy Stamping,

Toni




Saturday, July 2, 2016

Seaside Shore under water


This new Seaside embossing folder is going to be one of my favorites.  I did cut these little fish out for this card, but it didn't take forever.  I'm not a fan of fussy cutting, so this was just fussy enough for me.

Color combination came directly from the By the Shore designer series papers.  Another great color selection Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Seaside Shore
Ink:  Dapper Denim, Sahara Sand, Calypso Coral
Paper:  Dapper Denim, Calypso Coral, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, By the Shore designer series paper
Other:  Big Shot, Seaside embossing folder, Triple Banner punch, 2" circle punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Happy Stamping,

Toni

Stylized Birthday - pink and orange??? YEP!


I know some people really dislike pink and orange together, but I am NOT one of them.  :)  I love it, and I love these shades together.  This card uses two of our new In Colors - Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach.  Remind me of sherbet colors.

I used the new Playful Backgrounds to make - well - the background for this card.  Super easy, and such a fun look to it.

I also used the new Layering Circles Framelits on this one.  There are so many dies in that set.  It's got both scallops and regular circles, so there's a lot to play with to get just the right size that you need.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Stylized Birthday, Playful Backgrounds
Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach
Paper:  Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White
Other:  Big Shot, Layering Circles Framelits, Triple Banner punch, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Happy Stamping,

Toni

Serene Scenery trio

I can't express how much I love this designer series stack.  It's a 6x6 stack of designer papers made from real pictures.  They're so pretty!  I love them all!

All three cards are different, but similar in style.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Birthday Blossoms, Oh Happy Day Card kit (Hello stamp came from this kit), Petite Petals
Ink:  Old Olive, Delightful Dijon, Early Espresso
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Old Olive, Serene Scenery designer series paper stack, Decorative Label punch,  Petite Flower punch, ribbon (all retired - Espresso, Old Olive, Natural)

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Happy Stamping,

Toni

Gift of Love with Brickwall background

Sorry for such a bad picture!  I used the Brick Wall embossing folder for the background...I hope you can see at least that much.  Otherwise, very simple stamping.  I like that the Gift of Love stamp set is a 2-stepper.  Stamp the outline image in black first, then stamp the flower bits (they're all one stamp) in Sweet Sugarplum, and then the leaf bits (they're all one stamp) in Mint Macaron.

Popped the flower layer and the banner up with Dimensionals.

I like the Sweet Sugarplum with the greys.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Thoughtful Banners (bundle, came with matching punch), Gift of Love
Ink:  Tuxedo Black Memento, Sweet Sugarplum, Mint Macaron
Paper:  Sweet Sugarplum, Smoky Slate, Basic Grey, Whisper White
Other:  Big Shot, Brick Wall embossing folder, Duet Banner punch (came in the bundle with stamps), Stampin' Dimensionals

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Happy Stamping,

Toni

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Paper Pumpkin Creations - May 2016

I had a lot of fun creating different cards with different looks using the May Paper Pumpkin Kit.  Here are just a few.  Hope you enjoy them!  I added some different punches and extra stamps to change them up from the original design.

Added the Balloon Builder punch, Whisper White Baker's Twine, and some extra cardstock in Soft Sky, Pumpkin Pie, and Night of Navy to these. 


This time I added some different stamps - Balloon is from one of the SAB sets this year, Flower Shop along with the Pansy punch, and some pearls.


Another flower one - Flower Shop and Petite Petals, along with Pansy and Petite Petals punches.  Then I went completely off the rails with the orange one.  I just used the Pumpkin Pie corrugated piece from the kit, and paired it with some Butterfly Thinlits and a wooden greeting from last year.

I have really enjoyed my Paper Pumpkin kits.  I like that I can mix it up and add or change things from their original design.

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Happy Stamping,

Toni

Sheltering Tree Matchbook card


I haven't done a match book card in a while!  It's folded over just like a book of matches.  The bottom flap is secured with a staple, and the top flap slides under it to stay closed.

I also used a new In Color on this card - Flirty Flamingo!

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Sheltering Tree
Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, Cucumber Crush, Chocolate chip
Paper:  Flirty Flamingo, Cucumber Crush, Whisper White
Other:  Stampin Up stapler, mini staples, Stampin Dimensionals

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Happy Stamping,

Toni


Butterfly Basics - Vanilla on Vanilla

I went with a Very Vanilla layer on Very Vanilla base for this card.  Pop up the layer with Stampin' Dimensionals so it stands out a bit. 

The butterfly is stamped off once with Delightful Dijon, so it's a shade lighter.

Stampin' Up supplies that you'll need to create this:

Stamps:  Butterfly Basics
Ink:  Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, Tip Top Taupe
Paper:  Very Vanilla
Other:  Stampin' Dimensionals

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Happy Stamping,

Toni

Too Kind covered notepad


I love a notepad, especially when it's a little dolled up!  Making lists makes me happy, so why not make it pretty?

I did use retired stamps and designer papers for this one, but you could certainly swap things based on what you have in your stash.  Easy peasy!

The flowers were done with just Crushed Curry ink.  Stamp off to get a lighter image for the more solid flower image, then full-strength for the overlay part.

Finished it off by adding some Dazzling Details (it's the stuff that's like Glitter glue) to the flowers.  It just has to dry for a while, and it'll be ready to into my bag tomorrow!

Stampin' Up supplies that I used to create this:

Stamps:  Too Kind (retired)
Ink:  Smoky Slate, Basic Grey, Crushed Curry
Paper:  Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Other:  Big Shot, Lots of Labels Framelits, Dazzling Details Clear (which apparently is retired as well).

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Happy Stamping,

Toni