Monthly Archive: April 2016

Spring is in the Air with Paper Pumpkin

I hear comments from customers at my live classes that they enjoy coming because it is cheaper than therapy!  Funny but true.  Getting away and doing something fun just for yourself is a great way to relax and recharge. A Paper Pumpkin subscription is a creative escape in a box that comes right to your door.  Every month, you’ll receive all the stamps, ink, and paper you need to make a fun paper-crafting project. Absolutely no prep work; everything is pre-cut and ready to go.

Spring was in the air when Stampin’ Up! designed the April Paper Pumpkin Kit.  Take a look at this video showing the adorable accent wreath from the April Paper Pumpkin Kit coming together.

Cute huh?  Each month is a surprise and that’s part of the fun.  Beginner or experienced crafters will enjoy Paper Pumpkin and a Paper Pumpkin subscription is a thoughtful, unique gift for that hard to buy for person on your list.

Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin with a month-to-month subscription HERE or purchase 1, 3, 6 or 12 month prepaid subscription by clicking on the links below.  Purchase by May 10, 2016 to receive the May kit!
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Grateful Bunch Card

Grateful-Bunch-Card There is an acronym in the crafting world – C.A.S.E. – which stands for “Copy And Share Everything”.  Well I saw this card while at On-Stage Live this month and knew I had to CASE it!  I tweaked mine a little but the original design was created by a Stampin’ Up! Concept Artist.  I hope they don’t mind but isn’t imitation the sincerest form of flattery?

The card uses the Grateful Bunch stamp set along with the coordinating Blossom Bunch Punch.  The stamp set and punch are sold separately but there is a 15% savings right now if you purchase the stamp set & punch bundle.  The punch does all the work for you so it’s a fairly easy card to make.  I love the sweet little butterflies and lace image not to mention the touch of Venetian Crochet Trim.  The Venetian Crochet Trim is one of the “while supplies last” items on the Stampin’ Up! Retiring List that I am going to miss a lot! See a complete list of retiring items on my blog post HERE.

This card uses just one color of card stock; Very Vanilla.  The card base is an 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece and the flower image is stamped onto a 4″ x 2-1/2″ piece of card stock.  The sentiment is stamped onto a 3-1/2″ x 1/2″ piece of Very Vanilla card stock.  There is a quick tip on how I flagged the sentiment and I also show a masking technique for this card on the video below so make sure  you check it out.

Happy Stamping Everyone!



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Stampin’ Up! Retiring Lists


It’s that time again: Stampin’ Up is getting ready to retire stamps and accessories from both the annual and occasions catalogs. As sad as it is to see these products go, there’s still time for you to get them. Plus, retiring products have discounts up to 50% off! What an amazing opportunity to get these products before they’re gone.

I think the stamp set I’m most sorry to see go is A Dozen Thoughts.  It’s a set full of great sentiments that I use all the time. The “everything else” I think I’ll miss most is the Bird Builder Punch.  Here’s a Throwback Thursday card that I made using the punch. The bird wings were used for the flower petals and the leaves for the flower stems.  It’s such a fun punch and I’m so glad I have it in my craft studio!


Retiring products are only available until May 31st or “While Supplies Last” so if you have had your eye on any of these products I would suggest you not wait to order.

You may view all retiring products by clicking on the links below:

Retiring List PDF

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Happy Stamping!


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Big News!


Today I’m sharing a sweet little card that is super simple to make but because of a different fold appears a little fancy.  I had a bit of space to fill on the card front so I used the Big News Stamp Set.  Big News is full of great sentiments for many occasions like birthday, new baby, wedding/anniversary, and congratulations.  It’ so nice to own a stamp set that is versatile and can be used for many occasions and this one sure fits the bill.

Isn’t the stamped candle image peeking out from the inside of the card cute?  And it ties in beautifully with the three candles I punched out using the new Party Punch Pack on the card front.  Always love it when a plan comes together – lol!

If you would like to make a fancy fold card like this all you need is a piece of card stock that measures 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ then score it at 2-1/8″ and 4-1/4″.  I used Watermelon Wonder Card Stock.  The piece of Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper is 5-1/4″ x 1-7/8″ and the oval was cut from a 5″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White Thick card stock.  For the inside of the card I used a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White card stock for the inside of the card.

Here is a quick video demonstrating how I made this simple card:

Here is the list of supplies used:
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