Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Paper Pumpkin May Kit - more alternative ideas!

The Happy Birthday stamp was still sitting on my clear block when I went into my craft room tonight...practically begging me to use it again, RIGHT NOW.  So I did.  I grabbed some leftover bits and pieces that were ready to go and just did some really quick stamping and assembly to make this card and box.

Random stamped the balloon, string, and happy birthday all over the lid of the box in Crumb Cake. 

For the focal pieces of both, I stamped in Early Espresso on scraps of Crumb Cake cardstock.  Cut them out with the Circles Framelits.  Hand cut those friggin' balloons again.  Really - it's not too bad cutting them out.  It's just a little putzy, and it makes my eyeballs hurt.  :)

I already had the base pieces for the card ready and waiting - even the embossing was finished.  Just had to add the Happy birthday circle and the balloon with dimensionals.

The box was from a leftover project also.  Finished size is 6" x 3" x 1 1/4" tall.  It's a two-piece box - lid and bottom.  Bottom is Early Espresso

There you have it!  Another fun idea for the Paper Pumpkin May kit's stamp set! 

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Happy Stamping,


Monday, May 18, 2015

Paper Pumpkin Alternative Card - May 2015

One of this week's Paper Pumpkin Boot Camp challenges is to make an alternative item from a Paper Pumpkin Kit.  Since I just got the May kit (and LOVE it!), I decided to do an alternate card.

This is this month's Paper Pumpkin Kit contents.  ALL this stuff!  The kit, as per the instructions, will make 6 cards (envelopes provided), and 4 cute gift bags WITH yellow tissue paper to put inside!  I like the color schemes, and the suggested uses.

However, the point of this challenge is to make something different, so that's what I did.

The large circle is a punch out.  Punched that out, and then smeared/smashed my Daffodil Delight ink pad all over it, to cover it.  Run the heat tool over it a little bit, to get it to dry faster.  Stamp the greeting with the provided Island Indigo ink spot.

Then I grabbed a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, and stamped 3 balloons and strings using Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, and Island Indigo inks.  Yes....I did hand-cut them out.  It wasn't too terrible.  :)

After you cut those out, I taped that Turquoise patterned strip to the card front, tied a bit of the included Tangerine/White string in for the big balloon tail, and attached all of the balloons to the card front using the provided Stampin' Dimensionals.  They even provide Dimensionals!!!  Enough to get your projects completed, with some left over.  What a great deal!

I finished off with adding a few rhinestones, because who doesn't love a little MORE bling.

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Happy stamping and creating!


Sunday, May 17, 2015

It's a girl!

My friend Lisa got a new granddaughter almost 2 weeks ago.  I didn't have a lot of time to whip this card out, but this is what I came up with.  Quick, easy, and cute enough for a person. 

The baby image is from my favorite baby set - Cuddles & Tickles.  I think it's been retired for about 10 years, but it's my Go-To baby set.  That baby is just too darn cute! 

I didn't have a lot of time to look through my designer papers for the PERFECT baby girl print, so I found this polka dot print in a stack from a year or two.  It's got pink in it, so it was good enough!  :)

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

Stamps:  One Tag Fits All (going away June 2nd), any other baby set you might have.
Ink:  Tuxedo Black Memento, Melon Mambo
Paper:  Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink (also retired), Whisper White, Very Vanilla
Other:  Note Tag Punch, Markers (Pretty in Pink, Blush Blossom - both retired colors but perfect!),  2" circle punch, 2 3/8" Scallop punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Happy Stamping,


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sprinkles of Life - samples and class info

This new stamp set is THE CUTEST thing ever!  Even better - it's got a matching punch!  This Sprinkles of Life stamp is the Ronald McDonald House Stamp set in the new catalog.  So you get a stamp set full of cuteness to use in your paper crafting, AND Stampin' Up gives $3 from the sale of each stamp set to the Ronald McDonald House program.  What's not to love about that, right?

This is the first chance that I've had to take these stamps out of the box, so I just whipped up these samples using a bunch of retired papers and colors.  This just gives you a HINT at the possibilities.  These are NOT the cards that we'll be making in class.

Want to get the stamps, the punch, AND make 8 cards with them?

Come to my Sprinkles of Life Class!

Join me and your stamping friends for a few hours of stamping joy.  You'll have FUN, and you'll leave this class with your very own Sprinkles of Life stamp set (photopolymer only), Tree Builder punch, AND 8 cards and envelopes!   

Dates:  Friday, June 19th
Time:  7:00 pm
Cost:  $55.00 
RSVP/$$by 6/1, please.   RSVP/$$ is very important for this class.  I'll be ordering the products for our class on June 2nd, when the new catalog goes live.  This stamp set AND punch are going to be wildly popular, and I want to get in on the FIRST round of ordering so we can avoid back-orders (which are highly likely for the punch).
What to bring: scissors, adhesive of your choice, adhesive refill (just in case), CLEAR blocks for your stamps! I'll provide a recommended block size list.
I hope you can make it!  I've already got a lot of great ideas for this awesome set.

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Happy Stamping,


Friday, May 15, 2015

Sweetbriar Rose in Cherry Cobbler

Used up some bits and pieces from my Retirement class for this card.  Then I found this Sweetbriar Rose piece already stamped and ready to go!

Colored it with my Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Blendabilities.  Mine still work!  Yippee!!!  Sorry that they're no longer available to order, but there were too many problems with them.  I'm glad they pulled a defective product off the system.  Also glad that the ones I have work!  I still don't have the knack for coloring things correctly with them, but that's okay.  I won't lose any sleep over it.

You could still make this card and use either the regular markers to color, or some reinkers to watercolor.  That would be a nice look too.

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

Stamps:  Sweetbriar Rose
Ink:  Tuxedo Black Memento
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Whisper White, Back to Black designer series papers (retiring June 2nd!)
Other:  Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Blendabilities (not available). 

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Happy Stamping,


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Paper Pumpkin 50% off deal!

ANOTHER Paper Pumpkin Offer!  If you haven't tried Paper Pumpkin, now is a great time to sign up-get 50% off your first two months. With a deal like this, you'll want to give it a try too!

Offer Dates: May 12-June 10, 2015

Offer Details: Use the code SAVE50 to join Paper Pumpkin before June 10, 2015, and get 50% off the first two months! After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included).

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  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription. After the first two months, the price for each month's kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day - cards and painted pitchers!

 I painted these great pitchers for my Mother's Day gifts!  Thanks again to my wonderful painting instructor and friend, Candy, for showing me how to make such beautiful gifts.  I used enamel paints on glass pitchers.  They're pretty tall - I'm guessing they hold the standard 2 quarts???  Anyway, I'm so thrilled with how they turned out.  I had to try to make matching cards to go with them...

The three Mother's Day cards that I made for today.  All the same, except for colors.  Color combinations of the flowers are Strawberry Slush with Cherry Cobbler, Tempting Turquoise with Pacific Point, and Orchid Opulence (retired) with Elegant Eggplant.  The leaves are all Old Olive with Gumball Green.  I love how vibrant they all turned out!

This one was for my mom, since purple is her favorite -

I really happy with them, and we had a great day today.  Cooked out at my sister's house, and the weather was nice.

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

Stamps:  Flower Patch, Mother's Day (from a past Paper Pumpkin Kit..March I think?)
Ink:  Orchid Opulence (retired), Elegant Eggplant, Strawberry Slush (retired), Cherry Cobbler, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Old Olive, Gumball Green (retired)
Paper:  Orchid Opulence, Elegant Eggplant, Strawberry Slush, Cherry Cobbler, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Other:  Big Shot, Flower Fair framelits, 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Happy Stamping and again Happy Mother's Day to you all,


NEW In Colors! 2015-2016 colors

I stamped a QUICK set of notecards using the New In colors.  No layering, no bling, just simple stamping to show you these great new colors.

For each card, I stamped, then stamped again so you see the full strength and the stamped off version.

Top Left:  Watermelon Wonder and Tip Top Taupe
Top Right:  Crushed Cucumber and Tip Top Taupe
Bottom Left:  Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe
Bottom Right:  Delightful Dijon and Tip Top Taupe

I really like the new colors, and can't wait to show you more with them!

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Happy Stamping,