Monthly Archive: May 2016

My Paper Pumpkin

16-MAY-Paper-PumpkinToday was my anniversary and I needed a card for my guy and I needed it quickly.  My Paper Pumpkin to the rescue!  Paper Pumpkin is a crafting subscription program by Stampin’ Up! that allows me to make amazing projects without the prep work. The card I made today came from the May Kit which contained the elements to make eight masculine (perfect) Father’s Day or birthday cards.  Because I needed an anniversary card I changed up the greeting using another stamp set from my craft room, Crazy About You, but all the other bits and pieces came from the Kit.  The card was a snap to make but don’t take my word for it and check out my video tutorial below.

Easy peasy right?  Paper Pumpkin is happy mail that I treat myself to every month.  I love that everything I need to make a fun paper-crafting project is included in the box.  Stamps, ink and paper all precut and ready to go.  Here are a few kits from past months:



Purchase a 3-month prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription through me from now thru June 10, 2016 and I will send you one of these cute Skip-to-the-Fun totes along with a Paper Pumpkin Pen as my thank-you gift.  The bags are not too little and not to big but just right to hold two Paper Pumpkin boxes.  U.S. orders only and must be placed on my Stampin’ Up! website HERE.  Use HOSTESS CODE 2D77EK9R and make sure to click YES to “Allow my demonstrator to contact me with order updates and other important information” so that I will have your address to mail your gift.



Timeless Textures Thinking of You Card

16-MAY-Timeless-Textures-CaEverything old is new again.  Just when I get used to skinny jeans the bell-bottoms start creeping back.  I can’t imagine I’ll be getting on that train.  Don’t they say if you lived through a trend once you’re probably too old to give it a go again next time around?  Fortunately some things are timeless and never go out of style.

Speaking of timeless, my card today is made using the Timeless Textures Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up!  This hand-stamped card is shabby chic and modern and colorful all at once!  The stamped images make a super background for the “thinking of you” sentiment, and just like jewelry completes an outfit, the added frills of Silver Thread and Metallic Sequins on this card help make it extra special.

16-MAY-Timeless-Textures-Trim I chose the “thinking of you” stamp from the Sheltering Tree Stamp Set for the sentiment which I heat embossed using VersaMark Ink and White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  The black and white of the sentiment is a contrast to the subtle ink colors of the background making it just pop!  It reminds me of the retro label makers with the plastic tape and rotary dials that I used back in-the-day.   Anyone else remember using one of those?  I think they’re coming back.  Everything old is eventually new again folks!


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You’re So Lovely

I’m on my way back home today from a few days away but wanted to check in and share a cute project kit by Stampin’ Up!  The You’re so Lovely Project Kit contains material to make 12 cards along with 12 goodie bags and tags.  Perfect for party favors or quick thank-you or “just because” gifts.  They would also make a cute presentation for gift card giving.


The kit comes with some fun tools like stencils and a sponge brayer that can be saved and used on other paper crafting projects.  The coordinating You’re So Lovely Stamp Set along with Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black and Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pads are recommended to create the kit as designed however, the kit elements can be used for all sorts of projects.  You are only limited by your imagination.  Here is a video from Stampin’ Up! showing all the fun bits and pieces that come with this kit along with some super cute alternative projects made using the You’re So Lovely Kit.


Aren’t these projects over-the-top?  I can hear the “ooohs” and “awwws” from anyone on the receiving end of one of these sweet projects.  Whether you assemble the kit as intended or make an alternative project this kit would be wonderful to have on hand for all your gift-giving needs.  The kit is on the Retiring List and disappears on May 31, 2016 so don’t miss out and click on the products listed below to order.
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Butterfly Basics Card

My hand-made card today is reminiscent of slower days, sipping iced-tea on a hot day and visiting the county fair at summer’s end.  It’s one of the cards we made during my In-Studio Fun & Fancy Card Classes this month and if I had to choose a favorite this would be it!  I used the soon-to-retire Farmers Market Designer Series Paper that I love, love, love!  The card couldn’t be easier to assemble.  I used an 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Very Vanilla card stock for the base then cut a 4″ x 4″ piece of Designer Series Paper in half on a diagonal.  The open space left in-between the Designer Series Paper is perfect for the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Butterfly Basics Stamp Set.  The little lacy butterfly image is adorable and the fact that there is a matching Framelit from the Butterflies Thinlits is a bonus!  I wrapped a bit of Linen Thread around the card at the last minute but I think it’s a nice touch.

16-MAY Butterfly-Basics-Card

When you purchase the Butterfly Basics Stamp Set + Butterflies Thinlits Dies Bundle before June 1, 2016 there is a 15% savings.  And don’t forget, customers that have ordered with me in the past year will receive the new Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalog for FREE so place your order today!

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Love is in the Air Bloomin’ Love Card

Love is in the air!  My husband and I are on a  team at our church that mentors couples preparing for marriage and we seem to be our busy season.  If there isn’t a wedding on the calendar there is sure to be a bridal shower so I like to have a stash of pretty cards on hand.

Stampin’ Up!’s Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set from the Occasions Catalog is perfect for these occasions.  It’s floral, kind of lacy and includes hearts along with some lovely sentiments.   I didn’t use the coordinating Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit Dies with this card but it is beautiful and I would highly recommend the Bundle that includes the stamp set along with the dies for a 15% savings right now.

Bloomin' Love BundleBloomin'-Hearts-Card

My card today is a 4″ x 4″ layered card.  To see how the card stacked up view my video tutorial below as well as a complete list of the products used and a list of the card stock dimensions.


Card Stock Dimensions:
    • Perfect Plum 8″ x 4″ scored at 4″, 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″, 3-1/2″ x 1-3/8″
    • Wisteria Wonder:  3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″, 2-5/8″ x 2-5/8″ 3-1/2″ x 1-1/4″
    • Whisper White:  3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″, 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″, 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″

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Grateful Bunch Basket


I might have missed May Day by one day but Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I think these baskets would be the cutest filled with treats to give to the mothers in your life!  I used one of my favorite color collections from Stampin’ Up!; the Brights Collection.  Tempting Turquoise and Melon Mambo are such fun colors and the Whisper White band around the top of the baskets really make the colors pop.

The little flowers on the basket are what make the baskets so sweet.  I used the Grateful Bunch Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up! along with the Blossom Bunch Punch.  The two are offered in a bundle until May 31st with a 15% savings.

The base of the basket is made using the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits and the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine. Here are the project dimensions for the basket.  Make sure to watch my video tutorial below to see the adjustments I made to create the basket.

Project Dimensions:

  • 9″ x 6″ Brights Collection Designer Series Paper
  • 7-1/2″ x 1/2″ Brights Collection Designer Series Paper
  • 11″ x 1/2″ Whisper White Cardstock
  • 7-1/2″ x 1/2″ Whisper White Cardstock
  • 2 pieces Whisper White Cardstock 3-1/4″ x 2-1/2″ Each

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