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August 2017 Paper Pumpkin

`The August Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stampin’ Up!, Giftable Greetings, is so cute!  The kit came with enough supplies and embellishments to make eight cards and included coordinating envelopes.  What made it extra special though is the coordinating gift box along with gift tags to embellish and a sweet length of ribbon to wrap it up!  It makes the perfect gift for someone.

I designed the cards as the kit was intended making three thank-you cards, three congrats cards and two sympathy cards.  Along with the stamp set and ink-spot from the kit here is what I had left-over after completing the kit:

There are plenty of tags, stickers and embellishments to put in my stash for other projects.  I did make a greeting card and a gift card holder using the stamp set, ink and left-over bits and pieces that I will post on my Facebook Page in the next few days.  You can “Like” my page so you won’t miss them here:  https://www.facebook.com/theplaidpoodle/

The best part about a Paper Pumpkin subscription is the happy mail surprise arriving in my mailbox each month.  It’s so fun to tear into the box and tissue paper to see what fun project awaits me.  I very rarely show my face in my videos but you’re in for a treat because today I actually had makeup on so threw caution to the wind and filmed myself un-boxing the kit.  Enjoy!

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Now is a great time to give Paper Pumpkin a try because Stampin’ Up! is offering new subscribers half-off their first month’s kit when they subscribe by September 10, 2017 using Promotional Code HALFOFF0917.  There is absolutely no risk – you can cancel or put a hold on your subscription at any time.  Find out about getting your own Paper Pumpkin subscription by clicking on the Paper Pumpkin box below.

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July Starter Kit Deal!

JULY STARTER KIT DEAL!  When you purchase the $99 Starter Kit in July (1 – 31), you’ll get $125 in YOUR CHOICE of Stampin’ Up! products for $99 (that’s $26 in FREE product and the kit ships FREE) PLUS receive a  BONUS Essentials Gift Pack including the Carols of Christmas stamp set, a Bone Folder, Paper Snips, two D Acrylic Blocks, a pack of grid paper and snail adhesive.  That’s a $72 value for FREE!

  • For $99 you choose:   Up to $125 worth of Stampin’ Up! product for your kit and the kit ships to you FREE, for another 10% savings
  • Enjoy a Discount!  Once you purchase the $99 Starter Kit and join, you save 20% or more on your favorite Stampin’ Up! products PLUS earn more free and discounted products thru Stampin’ Rewards and Stampin’ Up! promotions.
  • Pre-Order Perks!  See the Holiday Catalog now and get your hands on the new products early!  The holiday catalog pre-order, for demonstrators only, begins tomorrow, August 1st.  The Occasions Catalog pre-order begins on December 1st.
  • Earn $ and FREE Products!  There is absolutely no obligation or pressure to do anything more after you receive your Starter Kit but the opportunity is always there to earn extra income and free Stampin’ Up! products.  The choice is yours!
  • No penalty to drop! Enjoy your discount and all the perks that come with being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator until December 31st.  If you reach $300 in sales you’re “in” for another quarter.  If not you just drop.
  • Treat Yourself!  Did I mention, there’s no obligation to host workshops or parties, sell products to others or personally purchase anything beyond the kit?

 

I WELCOME HOBBY STAMPERS!  YOU’LL FEEL RIGHT AT HOME when you purchase the kit and join through me.  You’ll instantly become a member and have access to my private Plaid Paper Dolls Community in addition to other great resources and a nationwide team of stampers.  Give it a test drive – there’s no risk and no pressure to hold workshops or parties – do it for YOU!

But hurry, today is the last day for the Christmas in July promotion.  Join today to receive the additional $72 in FREE products from Stampin’ Up! along with the other great benefits!

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Stampin’ Up! Lemon Zest Card

We are certainly in the Dog Days of Summer here in Kansas City.  Temps have been over 100 degrees for several days straight and to add insult to injury recent storms have caused several areas to be without power.  We are all doing our best to stay cool.  My card today is perfect for this time of year and just looking at it makes me feel refreshed!

I used the Lemon Zest Bundle that includes the Lemon Zest stamp set along with the Lemon Builder Punch to make this card along with Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Lemon Lime Twist inks.  The card is topped off with Stampin’ Up!’s new 1/4″ Lemon Lime Twist Ombre Ribbon.  Love that ribbon!  It comes in several colors and just reminds me of sherbet which is another great option for cooling off!

CLICK HERE FOR A FREE PROJECT SHEET FOR THIS CARD

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Christmas in July!

With just a few days left in the month of July I also wanted to remind you that this month is a great time to join Stampin’ Up!  For just $99 you choose $125 of any Stampin’ Up! product and just during the month of July will receive these additional products – a $72 Value!

Stampin’ Up’s Christmas in July promotion makes it easier than ever to sign up to be a demonstrator! You can receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks (one for you and one for a stamping friend!), and a Bone Folder. That’s an added value of $52! And to give you a taste of the perks of being a demonstrator, we will also include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalog for FREE ($20)! The Stampin’ Up Starter Kit is ALWAYS an amazing deal, and joining my team comes with a mountain of perks. Check them all out here. If you have questions let me know! You can purchase the starter kit here .

Join today risk free.  Although we know you’ll want to stay around there is absolutely no obligation to do anything further.

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Make-it-in-Minutes Thank-You Card

I’m sharing a pretty little card today that you can make in a matter of minutes.  I call it a Make-it-in-Minutes project.  Let’s face it, life is sometimes busy.  Okay maybe life is mostly busy but making one or several of these cards to have on hand is not going to put a huge dent in your schedule.  And imagine the smile it will bring to the faces of the recipients!

The Whisper White Note Cards and Envelopes from Stampin’ Up! is key to giving this project a quick head start.  The All Things Thanks stamp set is a great set to have in your collection.  It’s one you’ll own forever because it can be used over and over again.  That, along with the coordinating inks and Designer Series Paper, make putting this card together a snap!  Here’s my Make-it-in-Minutes video tutorial for the card:

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One in a Melon Garden Trellis Cards

This month’s Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stampin’ Up! is so sweet!  It’s one in a melon – lol!  Just look at all the bright colors and the fun pre-printed note cards!   And what about that adorable tissue paper and those tiny clothespins?  I love everything about this kit!

Here are two alternative cards that I made using the stamp set from the kit.  The card on the left-hand side is an A2 card (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ finished size) and the one on the right is a smaller version of the card using the Whisper White Note Cards from Stampin’ Up!  The stamped watermelon image can easily be cut out by hand but I used the Layering Circles Framelits Dies  and they cut the image out perfectly!

One in a Melon Garden Trellis Card #1

One in a Melon Garden Trellis Card #2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on the links below to get your FREE copy of the project recipes for these cards.  Do you love this kit but aren’t a Paper Pumpkin subscriber?  Past kits are available for purchase by subscribers while supplies last.  Subscribe now to receive your own fun mail each month HERE. 

One in a Melon Trellis Card #1 Project Recipe

One in a Melon Trellis Card #2 Project Recipe

 

 

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Stampin’ Up! Soft Sayings Card Kit

Kits simplify the creative process with pre-cut pieces for amazing projects.  I just created this stack of all-occasion cards using the Soft-Sayings All-Inclusive Card Kit by Stampin’ Up!  The card kit makes 20 cards, 2 each of 10 designs.  There is also a refill kit so you can keep on making!   The only thing I needed to complete the kit was adhesive.

Stampin’ Up! trainer, Holly, shares some tips and tricks for creating the cards that come in the kit in this video:

 

All-inclusive kits make great gifts.  This one even comes in a giftable kraft box.  Contact me today to order yours or click on the images below to shop 24/7.

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Lovely Words & A New Stampin’ Up! Catalog

It’s finally here!  The new Stampin’ Up! Catalog went live today and I couldn’t be more excited!  To help celebrate the launch of the new catalog I’m sending a FREE gift to everyone who places an order of $50 or more (before tax and shipping) with me during the month of June using Hostess Code UD6VFPGD.  Visit my catalog page HERE to find out how you can get your own copy of the new catalog.  You may view the catalog online HERE.

I used one of my favorite new products from the catalog in today’s card.  The Lovely Words Thinlits Dies are so pretty and can be used in multiple ways.  They are great by themselves but can also be framed using other Framelits by Stampin’ Up!  There is also a coordinating stamp set; Lovely Inside & Out.

Here is a video tutorial of my Lovely Words Hello Friend Card.  In the video I share a great tip on getting your images stamped exactly where you want them to be.  Check it out!

Project Dimensions:

  • Card Base = 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Thick Whisper White card stock scored at 4-1/4″ then folded in half.
  • Whisper White Cardstock = 5-1/4″ x 4″
  • Night of Navy Cardstock = 3″ x 3″
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock = 3/8″ x 1″

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Swirly Bird Father’s Day Card

The calendar is fast approaching to the month of June and that got me thinking about Father’s day.  That in turn got me thinking about making some masculine cards.  Today’s card is full of whimsy and soft colors.  It’s not one you would traditionally think of as a masculine card but it works.  It’s another card that could be used for all sorts of different occasions just by changing up the greeting.

Blue and yellow are classic colors that coordinate so well with each other.  This card pairs Dapper Denim and Soft Sky with Daffodil Delight.  The sailboat images require some fussy cutting but it’s not too cumbersome.  Using die-cuts for the rest of the card makes it a quick and easy card to put together.  Here is my video tutorial:

Project Dimensions:

  • Card Base = 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Dapper Denim card stock scored at 4-1/4″ then folded in half.
  • Whisper White card stock:  4″ x 5-1/4″, 3-1/2″ x 2-3/4″
  • Dapper Denim card stock:  3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″
  • Soft Sky card stock:  3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″

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Thanks so much for stopping by my Blog today!  I would love to hear your thoughts so let me know what you think of my card by leaving a comment below.

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Paper Pumpkin Sprinkled with Love

Each month in my Paper Pumpkin kit, I receive a brand new exclusive stamp set to add to my collection.  It’s  one of my favorite things about Paper Pumpkin.  Here is a card I created with a stamp and a few left-over embellishments from this month’s kit:

If you’re wondering how I made that little chocolate donut here is a video tutorial:

Card Dimensions:
  • Card base = 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Crumb Cake card stock scored at 4-1/4″ then folded in half on the score line.
  • Donut:  2-1/2″ piece of Chocolate Chip card stock, 2-1/2″ piece of Powder Pink card stock
  • Tag:  1-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Powder Pink card stock, 1″ x 4-3/4″ piece of Whisper white card stock

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If you haven’t heard of Paper Pumpkin, it’s a subscription kit by Stampin’ Up!  With Paper Pumpkin, you’ll save time and money while you build a collection of crafting supplies. Every month you’ll receive a unique stamp set with an ink spot (that won’t repeat a color in a 12-month period). In no time at all, you’ll have a variety of stamps and ink to use on other projects. In addition, your first kit includes a free clear stamping block that you’ll use every month.

Now is a great time to give Paper Pumpkin a try.  First-time subscribers who subscribe by June 10th get the June, July, and August kits at 25% off.  Want to add a little creativity to your life?  Click on the little orange box below to subscribe now and don’t forget to use the promo code STARTHERE to save 25% off!

 

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Stampin’ Up! Banners for You Card

I decided to think outside-the-box today by creating a square card. (Did you see what I did there?)  I’ve been going through my Designer Series Paper listed on the Stampin Up! Retiring List to make room for new, and the beautiful colors and impressionistic style of my selection from the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper called to me.  The blues and greens in this paper combined with the Island Indigo card base look fantastic!

 

The Delicate White Doily helps to highlight the tag and Detailed Dragonflies, and the Silver Metallic Thread adds more depth and a little shine to the card.  I’ll be posting a video soon on how I created the coordinating envelope.  Subscribe to my YouTube Channel HERE so you don’t miss an episode.

The card has a lot of elements but is actually very simple and quick to put it together.  Here is my video tutorial:

 

 

To create the card base I cut an 8-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Island Indigo card stock, scored it at 4-1/4″ then folded it in half.  The Designer Series Paper is cut at 4″ x 4″ which means you can make nine of these cards out of one 12″ x 12″ piece of paper!  The “Congrats” tag is stamped onto a piece of 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Whisper White card stock and the dragonflies are cut from a piece of 4-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ piece of Island Indigo card stock.  I cut a piece of 4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White card stock for the card insert.

 

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Stampin’ Up! Cottage Greetings Thank-You Card

I’ve been cleaning up and organizing my craft studio to make space for the awesome new stuff coming when the Stampin Up! 2017-2018 Annual Catalog goes live in June.  It’s that time of the year when we have to say, “goodbye” to some in order to make room for others.  You can view the Retiring List HERE.

One of the retiring stamp sets that I’m going to miss is Cottage Greetings.   It has a super cute font and is one of those stamp sets that I have used over and over again.

I’ve been wanting to send some thank-you notes and created this is the card to mass produce.  I paired the Cottage Greetings stamp set with the also retiring A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper.  It’s a clean, simple card that’s a breeze to put together making it perfect for making many cards at one time.

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Project Directions and Supplies:

  • Card Base – 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Calypso Coral card stock scored at 4-1/4″ then folded in half.
  • 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Designer Series Paper
  • 5/8″ x 3″ piece of Calypso Coral card stock
  • 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ piece of Whisper White card stock
  • scrap of Whisper White card stock

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Cottage Greetings Wood-Mount Stamp Set

Cottage Greetings Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad

Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad

Calypso Coral 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack

Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

2" Circle Punch

Classic Label Punch

Fast Fuse Adhesive

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Stampin’ Up! Sweet Stack Mini Chocolate Pocket

Call me weird but I have a habit of wandering candy aisles looking for sweet treats that might call to me for some crafty packaging.  As soon as I came upon these Ghirardelli Mini’s I knew a pretty little packet was called for and this is what I came up with using the Sweet Stack stamp set by Stampin’ Up!

It looks like a mini traveler’s notebook doesn’t it?  There’s a little pocket for the chocolate and the inside cover is perfect for leaving a small note to the recipient.  These treat pockets don’t use a lot of supplies and are a snap to make.  Check out my video tutorial below to see how easy-peasy they are to create.

Sweet Stack Mini Chocolate Pocket Video Tutorial

 

Project Dimensions and Supplies

Dimensions:

      • 7-1/2″ x 3″ piece of Designer Series Paper scored at 2-1/2″ at both ends of the 7-1/2″ side.
      • Cucumber Crush Cardstock = 2″ x 2″
      • Whisper White Cardstock = 2″ x 2″

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Stampin’ Up! Beautiful You Birthday Card

We’ve had plenty of April showers here in the midwest this month so today’s card just seemed appropriate.  The Beautiful You stamp set by Stampin’ Up! is artistic with lovely images and sentiments.  Color can be added to the Beautiful You images with the included brushstroke stamps or use Watercolor Pencils along with Aqua Painters like I did for some subtle shading.

I love all the layers in this card along with the sweet mini paper clip, doily and baker’s twine embellishments.  The Pool Party, Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry color combination was an unexpected surprise – they work great together!


Watch my video tutorial for some watercolor techniques and a tip to heat emboss with any ink color using Clear Embossing Powder.

Card Recipe

  • Card Base: 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Pool Party Cardstock scored at 4-1/4″
  • Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper 4″ x 3″
  • Daffodil Delight Cardstock 3-1/2″ x 4″
  • Whisper White Cardstock 3-1/4″ x 3-3/4″, 3/4″ x 2-1/2″

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Beautiful You Wood-Mount Stamp Set

Beautiful You Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad

Versamark Pad

Rich Razzlebberry Classic Stampin' Pad

Pool Party 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper

Daffodil Delight 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Aqua Painters

Watercolor Pencils

Crushed Curry Baker's Twine

Mini Paper Clips Combo Pack

Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder

Heat Tool

Fast Fuse Adhesive

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Up to 50% Off! Stampin’ Up! Retiring List

The Stampin’ Up! Retiring Product List has been released!  It offers fantastic discounts (up to 50% off) on select products that are retiring from the Stampin’ Up! Annual and Occasions Catalogs!

See what’s retiring and on sale in my Stampin’ Up! on-line store!

View the retiring products lists here in PDF format and Excel format.

Main Information:

  • Promotion dates: April 10–May 31, 2017
  • No minimum purchase required.
  • Place an order of $150 or more and enjoy FREE products through Stampin’ Rewards.
  • All retiring items will be discontinued after May 31.
  • All retiring accessories and tools are available while supplies last.
  • Retiring stamp sets are guaranteed available until May 22 after which they will be while supplies last.

Stampin’ Up! Reverse Words Card

My inspiration for today’s card came from the 6″ x 6″ Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack from Stampin’ Up!.  Bermuda Bay is one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! colors and having it in glimmer paper is such a treat!  I used the Reverse Words stamp set for the front of the card and Confetti Celebration for the inside.  The sentiments are perfect for any celebration – birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and Fridays just to name a few!

The glimmer paper and Reverse Words stamp set are part of the Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration promotion.  These products, along with a lot of other awesome paper crafting products, are FREE with a $50 Stampin’ Up! Purchase.  Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31st.  You can learn all about Sale-A-Bration HERE.

My video tutorial for this card includes a “masking” technique – watch it here:

 

Reverse Words Card Recipe:

Dimensions:  Card Base = Sweet Sugarplum 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, 4″ x 3″,  Rich Razzleberry 3″ x 4-1/4″, Pink Pirouette 2-1/2″ x 4-1/4″, Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer Paper 2″ x 4-1/4″, Whisper White 4″ x 3″, 4″ x 5-1/4″
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