Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Hi, Everyone!
Here's the final installment of my March Paper Pumpkin 'Glittered Greetings" cards.  Each one starts with the kit card base, adding a little of this and a little of that.

This one features the wood cut 'congrats' inked up with Daffodil Delight, as is the tag in the lower right. Don't forget to sponge around the edges.   Background design was created using Off the Grid (annual catalog) with Smoky Slate and the random spots stamp from the Paper Pumpkin Welcome kit inked in both Smoky Slate and Calypso Coral.

I think this one is fun, Gather up a variety of texture/background/fill-in stamps (these all came from Paper Pumpkin kits); stamp in complimentary colors. Punch out with various sizes of circle punches.  Create a Whisper White mat using your Big Shot and favorite embossing folder (here I used Decorative Dots, which will be available in the 2014-2015 Annual Catalog).  Mount circles using your favorite adhesive .  Add a strip or two of Washi tape, like this one from the Retro Fresh line in our Occasions catalog (available through June 1).  Notice how the colors of the tape match the circle and card base?  That is one of the big reasons I love Stampin' Up! products.

I saved my favorite for last.  So simple, yet so lovely. Fresh but at the same time vintage-y.   Ink 'So Very Grateful ' flowers in Basic Black.  Watercolor flowers and leaves using markers and Blender Pens.  Here I chose Wisteria Wonder, Wild Wasabi, and Calypso Coral.  The  tag and flower centers are done in Pumpkin Pie.

We thoroughly enjoyed this kit.  Already have word my next is on its way.  Can hardly wait to see the fun that awaits.

Until the next time,  may all your days be colorful ones.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Back again with further designs using the March Paper Pumpkin kit.  Today, let's take a look at some of the creations that came out of our monthly Paper Pumpkin Pals Play Date  -- getting together with other stampers somehow stimulates even sluggish creativity.  Plus it is just plain fun!

Each kit includes both consumable and non-consumable products.  I love taking stamps from previous kits and using them in new ways, like this bike, the random dots, and the 'hello'.  The sun was made using Daffodil Delight card stock and a 7/8" Scallop Circle punch.  Word Bubbles framelits and my trusty Big Shot helped me make the clouds and greeting. A little sponging around the edges really gives each piece just the right finishing touch.

April Showers were on Lou's mind when he created this  delightful card!  Look at all the details.  From the sun peeking out from behind the black cloud to the rain drops (negative elements from the retired Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch) falling down on the handcrafted umbrella, each element adds to the story.  Did you notice the woodcut people?  They are left over from a previous kit.  The hand-painted umbrella and clothing add just the right pop of color.

Ashley needed a sympathy card and quickly fashioned this simply lovely card, using the Love and Sympathy set inked with Calypso Coral.  Stamping the flower element on the wider white stripe makes for perfect framing.   Progressive layers of Whisper White, Coastal Cabana and Calypso Coral cardstock give the card front balance and draw attention to its tender message of comfort.

Want yet a few more card ideas?  Be sure to check out my next post.

Until then,  may the Lord bless and keep you.

Monday, April 14, 2014


Hello, Everyone!  Welcome back.  Hope you had a wonderful weekend.  We spent Saturday morning doing Spring yard clean-up as the weather was beautiful, reaching a high of 80.  Sunday brought temps down to the low 40's with severe thunderstorms turning to snow in the overnight.  Driving early this morning was a bit dicey at times; but by God's grace, we both made it to work safely.

Lou and I always look forward to the arrival of My Paper Pumpkin.  We each have a subscription to this terrific kit of the month offered by Stampin' Up!  The March kit was exceptional in quality and value. 

In each box, we received:

1 photopolymer stamp set, 8 printed designer paper cards, 8 A-2 envelopes, 8 gold foil envelope liners, 2 sheets of glitter self-adhesive dots, 8 woodcut accent greetings, 1 sheet of mini glue dots.

Today, a couple of cards using just the elements of the kit:

Fold the card stock, stamp the Calypso Coral band, adhere the glittered dots, adhere the wood 'thank you' accent, and you are done! Wasn't that easy?   I am crazy about those gold foil envelope liners.

The 2nd share for today takes it up a notch:

This time, we stamped with Island Indigo,  and colored the 'congrats' by tapping the Calypso Coral ink pad directly only the woodcut accent. Finish as above.

All 8 cards in the kit can be completed just as easily and quickly as that.  Or you can use your kit as a launch pad for creating you own unique take.  Come back next time to see some of the designs fashioned at our monthly Paper Pumpkin Pals Play Date for the Glittered Greetings kit.

If you would like more information about My Paper Pumpkin or to subscribe, visit MY PAPER PUMPKIN website;  when asked, be sure to name me as your demonstrator.   If you live locally email me at HERE for details about our free monthly Paper Pumpkin Pals Play Date.

Happy Monday!  Happy Stampin'!