Pocketful of Paper Pumpkin Fun!

March 2016 Paper Pumpkin

Sometimes the stars align just right, and my Paper Pumpkin Peeps and I have the same days off from work during the week. That happened yesterday, it’s the perfect time for an impromptu get-together to pull out our kits and start stamping!

Can I just say how much I love this kit? Pocketful of Cheer is in my favorite color combination of blues and greens and it’s got stamps for some of the most needed Spring events – baby, graduation and thinking of you. And in addition to regular-sized cards there are mini cards and gift card holders.

16 March Paper Pumpkin Variations

We followed the directions pretty closely but made a few variations: Kathy S. asked me for some red ink and she stamped the red heart on one card; I punched out a red card stock heart and glued it to the balloon on the other card. Also, instead of using the patterned paper inside with a gift card enclosure as was shown in the example, I decided to put one of my cards into the envelope with the patterned side out and tie it up with a piece of extra Cucumber Crush Lace Trim that I had. There are always extra pieces left over from the Paper Pumpkin kits, and we just save them in a box for use on later projects.

Special Offer! Stampin’ Up! will be celebrating three years of Paper Pumpkin in April 2016 by including a free exclusive stamp set called “All About Everything” (in addition to the regular kit!) We don’t know what it looks like yet because the art is a surprise, but it you want to receive this special gift with your Paper Pumpkin subscription, sign up here by April 10th!

 

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Sweet Spring Treats

Kathy S Bags

Before the Easter season has completely passed I wanted to show these beautiful treasures that my friend Kathy Sawyer shared with our friends in the Hostess Stamping group. She made these with the  Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies and the Decorative Label Punch (she used some paper that she had found in San Francisco’s Japantown.) They were filled with a selection of Easter candies for her friends – how sweet!

Kathy S Baskets 1

For her own kids and grandson she made these great Easter baskets from the Berry Basket Die,

Kathy S Baskets 2

decorated with the Petite Petals and Scalloped Oval Punches. Kathy is always busy making thoughtful gifts for the people she cares about!

Here are some of the products that Kathy used to make her projects. Most of these things are found in the big annual catalog, except for the Designer Series Paper used on the Berry Baskets, which is from the Spring Occasions catalog.

Hint: Did you know that you can color your pearl and rhinestone embellishments with permanent Sharpie markers to coordinate them with your paper colors? Now you know!

Click on any picture for more information or to go directly to the online store:

 

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What other ideas do you have for using the Mini Treat Bag and the Berry Basket Die during for other holidays or seasons?

Little Things Mean a Lot!

Stampy Wackers in Auburn

Me, Ann and Denise enjoying a break at Ikeda’s in Auburn, CA

I recently met with a couple of members of my Stampin’ Up! business team to catch up and share ideas (and a slice of berry pie!) It’s fun to get together with like-minded friends and sharing little gifts with simple wrappings is a favorite way that we show our appreciation for one another:

Denise quick gift wraps

Denise did a quick but cute wrapping job on these Iced Rhinestones and Glue Dots accessories packs with 1″ strips cut from the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack and tied them up with Two-Tone Baker’s Twine, both from the Spring Occasions catalog.

Kathy S Tag Gifts

The ladies in the Hostess Stamping Group also enjoy making paper-crafted treats for each other when we meet for our monthly stamping sessions. These chocolate candy holders were brought last month by Kathy, made with the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack, a couple of heart punches and the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch!

Here are the products used in both of the simple gift ideas shown above. Click on any picture for more information or to order!

 

 

Recycling Rubber Stamped Cards

One day recently I showed my co-worker Lindita a birthday card that I’d made for my son and she told me about the card ministry that she is a part of in her church. The ladies in the group all write upbeat personal cards or notes to someone in their congregation who needs cheering up and they put them all in a basket for the recipient to open, one card each day. She asked me if I could provide her with a selection of cards for this purpose.

Recycled Cards

I told her that a really cost-effective way for me to make her some cards would be to use some of the card fronts that I’ve collected in swaps from other demonstrators over the years! While these are still lovely cards, they are made with retired sets that I no longer use as examples with my clients. I mounted the card fronts onto blank cards so they can be recycled and used again.

Card Folder Open

I made a holder for all 15 cards and envelopes out of a regular paper school folder. This is quick and easy to do:

  • First, measure a horizontal line 5 inches down from the top of the folder and score it so that it will fold down over the cards.
  • Next, measure 1″ on each side of the vertical fold line at the top, mark with pencil dots and with a ruler draw a line from those points diagonally down to the edge of the folder where it meets the horizontal fold line. Then cut on the pencil lines with pinking shears or other decorative scissors.

Card Envelope Folder

  • Then fold the flap down, close the holder and tie it up with a pretty ribbon!

Have you ever recycled Card Art? What great ideas do you have for reusing paper crafts that are too beautiful to discard?

 

 

 

Paying Attention to Details

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My grandmother, Nana, always chose the best gifts, and one year she gave me the perfect dress for my birthday. This was in the mid-1960’s, so it was kind of a Jackie Kennedy-inspired style, except made for a little girl. The thing I loved most about it was the colors – chocolate brown and cotton candy pink – and to this day I love that color combination! It brings back such happy memories.

Chocolate Butterfly

This year I chose those colors for my husband’s Valentine card – a luscious combination reminiscent of a box of cherry chocolates!

Butterfly Close Up

I used the Bold Butterfly Framelits to cut out the shape, and then re-cut the butterfly with the new Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlits to get that lacy look. Accented with Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper, this is a card for someone special!

Envelope Liner

Attention to detail is important when constructing your own handcrafted cards. I lined the envelope with some complementary Designer Series Paper. I also stamped a “made by me” image on the back, signed and dated it, and finished up by tying Tip Top Taupe and Pink Pirouette ribbons around the envelope.

Here are the supplies that I used to make the Be Mine chocolate butterfly card; any of these products can be ordered online by clicking on the image.

What color combinations do you love? Do they correspond with a happy memory from your past? What ideas do you have for using these fun products?

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Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentine Gifts

Our Stamping Hostess Group met again on Saturday and Valentine’s Day was in the air! We made this card and treat holder:

 

The red heart card was made with the new Bloomin’ Love stamp set and coordinating Bloomin’ Heart thinlits dies. I first showed this card in an earlier post that you can see here.

Forever  Friends Fry Box

We made this project with the Fry Box Bigz L die and the new First Sight stamp set. Here are some of the other products we used; click on any picture for more info:

 

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One nice thing about the Fry Box die is that it fits perfectly on just a half sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock!
Our Hostess, Nancy, brought some extra treats that she made to share with her stamping friends, a sweet tea cup and mini post-it note holder:
Nancy's projects
Nancy made the tea cup with the Envelope Punch Board, and the post-it note holder with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch. Here are some easy directions for the post-it note project:
1. Cut a piece of card stock to 5″ x 2″.
2. Punch one end with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.
3. Starting with the flat end, score four lines at 1 1/2″, 2″, 3 1/2″ and 4″.
4. Fold on the score lines and adhere the post-it pad inside.
5. Put a mini-brad on the outside flap. Position it to fasten the scalloped top when closed.
Here are some of the products she used:

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What special projects are you planning for Valentine’s Day?

Christmas from a Cat’s-Eye View

You know how cats are always interested in what’s new and different? All you have to do is put a paper bag on the floor, or move a chair away from the table, and the next thing you know the cat is right there in it or on it!

The crowning event of new things has to be the arrival of the Christmas tree each year – not only does it provide an irresistible hiding place, but there is a lot of “low hanging fruit” in the form of ornaments to bat off and play with. We always have to think carefully about which ones we put on the lower branches!

444Graybaby’s not too good at catching mice, but she got that ornament!

Ziggy, our card making assistant, always attends classes when friends come over to stamp, and offers help when needed.

Ziggy Noel

Egypt, however, isn’t much help at all; I actually caught her up on the fireplace mantle the other day, weaving in and out between the cards in her quest to reach the vase of bittersweet. Busted! (The kitty, not the vase.)

Egypt

Egypt is our smallest and most curious cat; it’s no surprise that she was also seen lurking in this picture of the Christmas tree, no doubt waiting to play with something pretty while my back is turned:

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Here’s wishing you and all of your furry friends a very Merry Christmas!

This Snowman’s a Work of Art

Mindy's SnowladyCreated by Mindy Degree

Our sister-in-law Mindy’s Christmas card arrived today, and I was delighted but not surprised to see that she had used the Stampin’ Up! Work of Art set to create the snowman for the front of her card! Mindy has been using this set so creatively in so many ways, and I know she has many more ideas in mind.

So, looking at Mindy’s card gave me an idea related to a project that our friend Nancy recently shared with members of the Hostess Stamping group:

Nancy took the largest envelope liner framelit die and cut it double, with a fold at the bottom to make a pocket in the back. She then glued the sides shut, decorated the fronts like scarecrows and put treats in the pockets behind.

Nancy's Scarecrows

Created by Nancy Souza

This would be a great idea to make Snowman treat pockets too – with white card stock faces, a black hat and red ribbon, an orange triangle carrot nose placed horizontally and black circles for the smile made of coal!

Here are the main products that Mindy and Nancy used to make their cute holiday projects. Click on any picture for more information or easy ordering:

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Happy 26th Birthday, Anne!

My daughter Anne is celebrating a birthday today, three weeks before Christmas, so often her cards and gifts have a holiday look:

Anne 26th

I used Rich Razzleberry card stock and ink, Gold Glimmer paper and the new Gold Metallic thread on her card. The Pearl Basic Jewels look perfect with the Very Vanilla background.

Anne 26th detail

Here’s a tip I’d like to share: when making a border of Gold Glimmer paper like this, cut out the middle and leave just the edges to peek out around your central card stock panel.

Glimmer Frame

Then you can use the leftover piece to punch your Petite Petals flowers and many other things later on. You can use this thrifty technique with any layered paper, but especially with something as dear as Glimmer paper!

Anne 26th 2

Happy birthday to my darling girl, Anne Marie!

Here are the supplies I used to make Anne’s birthday card:

 

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Teenage Cat Lovers

When my husband and I first started teaching the 5- and 6-year-olds at church eight years ago, little did we know that we would start a relationship with a couple of twin sisters that would blossom into a great friendship that has endured as the girls have grown. Maybe it was because they found out that they shared a birthday with my husband, Reggie (November 5th.) Or maybe it was because Rachel and Reggie have the same quirky sense of humor. Or maybe they just appreciated that he always let the kids take off their shoes in class, saying “Free feet are happy feet!” (three hours of church is a long time for little kids!)

Rachel and Ariel 13th Bday

Rachel and Ariel at the airport for their surprise birthday trip to visit their siblings at college.

Whatever the reason, one thing I do know is that we all share a love of cats, and even though the girls just celebrated their 13th birthdays, cats are still an important topic of conversation and interest when we get together!

I wanted to make a couple of special cards for their birthdays this year, to commemorate this important milestone in their lives:

Twins 1

I used the Hearth and Home Thinlits Dies from the Holiday Catalog to cut windows in the cards, but then added kitties peeking out, and inside a selection of pastries with coordinating sentiments:

If you are what you eat, eat something cute!

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This is no day for “just a sliver”!

Twins 2

Oh, and when the girls came over to get their cards and gifts from us, they had a special birthday gift for Reggie and me too, painted by Rachel:

CAT

How appropriate!

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