ICS Blog Hop–Season of Gratitude

Welcome to November and fun new blog hop with the Inspire, Create, Share gals!  We’ve decide to do something a little bit different this month and we are pulling out our Paper Pumpkin boxes for this month (technically they are from October, but hey, November’s kits don’t ship until after November 10th, so you have time to sign up for yours!)

As I often do, I create the design the way the instructions tell us to for the first project, and then I start exploring what other options I can do to change things up!  I usually stick with trying to figure out ideas that you can make using ONLY WHAT IS IN THE BOX.  So I don’t grab extra ink, paper, or punches when I’m starting out.  I want to give folks ideas of what they can do even if they don’t have a bunch of other supplies in their craft room.  So, check out what my favorite alternative turned out to be:

October 2016 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Card Design

Now, I’ll share what the cards in the kit are “supposed” to look like.  This is my first card created using the instructions as they were written for the kit.  You end up making a fall shaker card when you are done.  And it is kind of hard to tell, but that Vanilla paper is actually dry embossed, so those grooves are part of the paper.  Which made me want to bust out my sponges and try coloring it, which led to the second card version:

It wasn’t my favorite, but I thought I would share it anyway.  Also, it leads me to a tip or reminder… depending on who you are.

Paper Pumpkin Project Tip

  • When you are adhering the Window Sheet to the back of the leaf cut-outs don’t worry about putting adhesive on all sides of the window sheet!  I did that with my first one and totally ruined the window sheet because there wasn’t enough room without the adhesive being exposed through the die-cut holes.  And let me just say, an Adhesive Eraser is magic, except not so much on acetate sheets. Smile  They still smear all over the place!  So just put adhesive on the Vanilla Die Cut Sheet around the holes and press the window sheet onto that.  You just need to make sure the holes are covered, it doesn’t have to be perfect.
  • The instructions say to use the foam strips (to contain the sequins) on all 4 sides of the embossed Vanilla piece; and while that works, you often won’t see your sequins!  So, in the card above, I made my foam strips make a small rectangle just around where the die cut holes are.  That way, the sequins are almost always viewable.  Then I just added some extra foam along the far left edge to keep the paper balanced and steady.
  • Don’t forget to put your sequins on the bottom paper (in this case the card base) and NOT onto the window sheet.  By making little piles on the bottom sheet, you can place the top layer (with the holes) exactly where you want and still see what you are doing.

But now, back to my final alternative that I really like!

I switched away from the Shaker card idea and instead started cutting out my favorite elements.  I cut out the die cut leave holes and then trimmed down some of the background colored paper to fit behind them.  I loved the crackle stamp for the cool effect that you get for the leaves, so I had to keep that in there – and now you can see it even better because you don’t have to look through sequins!

I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to raise the die cut holes over the stamped paper, and then glued those down directly to the card base.  Then it was time to figure out the sentiment.  I used the same die cut shapes and just layered them a little bit differently:

But I didn’t want it to be too plain, so I layered back in one of the die cut pieces that popped out to make my shaker card and added a stamped acorn from the stamp set that comes with this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit.  And you may remember me telling you that when I do these alternative cards, I don’t grab extra papers and inks from my stash, so want to know where I got the paper for that acorn?  Check it out – it’s the left over paper in between the Cajun Craze tags!

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Then just add a few extra sequins and you are done!

I hope you have enjoyed this Paper Pumpkin kit alternative idea!  Keep on hopping and check out what Andrea has in store for you, for even more great ideas.

And don’t forget, if you like these ideas – you can always get MORE of the kits by purchasing refills in the Online Store!

  • If you are a current Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you get exclusive access to refill kits for past months as a great price.  see them here
  • And if you weren’t a subscriber before, you can always join now and get immediate access to be able to purchase refill kits, plus you’ll be all good to go to get this cute Holiday Exclusive box in your mailbox for November!


Thanks for hopping!

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Bright Birthday Card with a Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Bouquet

When I start working on a project, sometimes I have a plan in mind, but often I turn to pinterest or google image search to give me a starting point for my project.  Most of the time, I end up mixing and matching my favorite ideas from multiple cards into one card.  But sometimes I come across a card that I love so much that I just have to make it exactly as I see it.  Today is one of those cards!  Check out how fun and cheery it is:

I saw this card by Shannon Kay on Pinterest and loved the colors and layout, I just needed to change up the sentiment since I thought this would be the perfect birthday card!

Tips and Tricks for this card:

  • Pick the perfect color palatte!  When trying to figure out what colors to use on cards, I usually start by looking at color combos from designer paper or start from a color family.  In this case, you can start with the Subtles color family and grab Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, and So Saffron. But then the perfect third color comes from the 2016-2018 In Colors – Peekaboo Peach!  Aren’t they great together?

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  • Swirly Flowers from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits – these swirls are great for decorative accents, birds nests, and in this case… flowers!  When you look at your dies as they come in the packaging, you will see the little swirl die is sitting inside the larger swirl.  So, that big Saffron flower is actually two dies, the larger swirl and the smaller swirl stacked together.

  • Tie in a pop of color in your backgrounds with monochromatic designer paper – This is one of those times where the color family Designer Paper Stacks are great.  They are sets of monochromatic paper that is perfect for adding an interesting background paper without being so busy as to take away from your main image.
  • Pick the perfect sentiment! I love sentiment sets that give you a variety of fonts and phrases since it gives you lots of options on your cards.  In this case, I’m using the Better Together stamp set and it is one that I totally overlooked in the catalog for the longest time, but turns out it really adds some fun to your cards.  I mean, who wouldn’t smile getting this card and the happy “Happy Birthday!”?

Who do you know who could use a smile like this on their birthday?

And if you want to make fun cards like this with me (we did this one in stamp club a little while back), consider joining me for one of my monthly card making classes here in Redmond, WA!  We have lots of fun and there are multiple options a month to come get your crafty on.  Check us out over on my meetup here – the Bellevue-Redmond Card Makers

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Project Measurements:
  • Whisper White cardstock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, 3 3/4” x 5”
  • Peekaboo Peach designer paper – 1 1/2” x 5 1/2”
  • Scraps of So Saffron, Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach, Pear Pizazz cardstock

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Beautiful Backgrounds from Moroccan Nights

Way back at Stampin’ Up OnStage in April, I was given the Moroccan Nights stamp set (love the perks of getting free stamps when you go to demonstrator events! Smile ).  But the problem was, it wasn’t a stamp set I had really looked at before or thought was my style.  Which meant it sat on my shelf for a loooong time.  But sometimes we all need a challenge to grab that stamp set that is collecting dust and see what we can create with it.  You may be surprised, like I was, at what cool things can result.

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Turns out, this stamp set makes AWESOME backgrounds for your cards.  I kept it really simple for this card and used the large image from the set for my central image in Crushed Curry and then turned it and stamped the corners using the SAME IMAGE only this time with Cajun Craze.  Turns out pretty cool, huh?  I just eyeballed it because I have the sticker on the back of my cling mount stamps, but if you wanted to get really precise, I would grab the Stamp-a-ma-jig and use that for exact placement.

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Tips and Tricks for this project:

  • Banner sentiments made easy!  I grabbed my Thoughtful Branches stamp set and matching banner punch (yes! you can get them as a discounted bundle as well!) to quickly stamp the outline shape, the sentiment, and 1-2-punch you are done!
  • Grab those markers to create perfectly matched accents – I used my Cajun Craze and Dapper Denim markers to color in one of the lanterns from the same Moroccan Lights stamp set to match the colors of the card. Then just some quick snips to fussy cut it out and I can layer it with a Stampin’ Dimensional over the sentiment.
  • Pearls are perfect for stepping it up!  It doesn’t stand out and grab your attention, but those little pearls I added to the Curry image, really makes a BIG difference when you are holding this card in person.  Make placement even easier when you pick up the pearls off the accent sheet with the tip of a paper piercer, no pearls flying willy-nilly!

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Finally, I just sponged the edges of the stamped cardstock with Soft Suede to help distress it just enough to all come together.  Well, and the fact that you know me and you know I can’t do a card without reaching for my Stampin’ Dimensionals OR my sponge daubers! Smile

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Project Measurements:
  • Very Vanilla cardstock – 4”x4”, scraps
  • Dapper Denim cardstock – 4 1/4” x 4 1/4”

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Cheery Thanks Peek-a-Book card with Pop of Pink Washi

Are you like me and after you’ve taken a little bit of time off from getting into your craft room, you return to sit and stare at your supplies thinking, “I really want to make something cute, but have NO IDEA what to make or where to get started!”

I swear, getting my groove back on can be the hardest thing for me in crafting.  Well, today, I wanted to share with you a project idea that is quick, easy, and is a great way to get over that missing mojo hump and get your crafting groove on.  The always fun, washi peek-a-boo card!

When you do a card like this, start with your basic white card base and then grab your favorite set of washi tape.  In this case, I grabbed the Pop of Pink Washi Tape pack.  It has 5 coordinating patterns, but since they all go together, you can just pick your favorite 3 patterns and lay them out on a white layer of cardstock.  See… super easy so far!

Then it is just a matter of creating a fun layer with a cutout for that pattern to peek out through!

In this case, I grabbed the Layering Square framelits and the Elegant Butterfly punch to create my accent piece.  I picked out a square from the Layering Squares dies that was just a little bit bigger than my punch and then using that selected a matching scalloped square that would give me a reasonable sized border.  Then it was as simple as cutting out a piece of Whisper White cardstock with the square and a Gold Foil piece with the scallop square and glue them together.  Then I could punch out the butterfly from the center.  Fun, huh?

Once you have that, just place over your washi tape with the foam Stampin’ Dimensionals, and add a sentiment (from one of my favorite sentiment sets – Suite Sayings) in the corner.  Then you can just mount it all onto your white cardbase and you are done!

And just like that, you’ve made something cute and you are ready to keep the momentum going onto your next project!

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October Online Stamp Club Hostess Code – YG62GG6C
Get free exclusive tutorials each month and even get the supplies in a Make & Take kit with your order over $40 when you use the monthly hostess code!

Project Measurements:
  • Whisper White cardstock – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, 4 3/4” x 3 1/2”, scrap (2 1/2”-3” square)
  • Gold Foil –scrap (3”x3” ish)


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ICS Fall Fun Blog Hop

It is fully October, if you couldn’t tell from all the Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING that is in the stores and restaurants!  And that means that we are ready to head out of summer and jump into fall.  To help get you in the spirit and thinking of changing leaves, pumpkins, and all things warm and cozy… the gals at the Inspire, Create, Share blog hop group have put together another fun hop to share with you lots of Fall themed projects!

I wanted to break out some of the great designer paper I had ordered from the Holiday catalog and break out those fall color combinations.  And while I was thinking about what to create, I suddenly remembered this oldie but goodie stamp set – Wonderous Wreath!  Check it out:

Usually you see the wreath with Christmas or winter colors, but there is no reason why it can’t be fall instead!  I just grabbed my Petals & Paisleys designer paper and flipped it over to the back to look at the label where the professionals at Stampin’ Up have already come up with a great color combination.  I just use it as my crib sheet! Smile  Try this combo on for size:

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So, I just used those colors to create my wreath!  The coordinating wreath and bow dies made it a cinch to cut out and then I just needed to start layering it onto my card. 

Since I had used the colors from the Petals and Paisley designer paper, it was a no brainer to pick my favorite patterns to layer on the left of the card.  Then I wanted to add just a touch of texture so I cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and embossed it with the Woodgrain embossing folder for the perfect backdrop for the wreath itself (don’t forget to sponge the edge of the embossed paper with Soft Suede ink to really distress it!)

Then I just needed a sentiment and I’m so super in love with this one from the Suite Seasons stamp set in the Holiday Catalog.  You’ve seen me use this sentiment on Very Vanilla cardstock and color in the decorative piece.  But since I didn’t want that accent to take away from the wreath, I left it simple and subtle with Soft Suede ink.

This card showcases a fun way to use some of your favorite patterns from the designer series paper.  Right now many of the papers are buy 3 get 1 free!  Woo hoo!  I totally spaced and forgot this was a specialty paper, so it isn’t in this sale, but change this up for the Presents and Pinecones designer paper that IS on sale, and make the wreath holiday and you are good to go!

I hope you have enjoyed this Fall inspiration idea!  Keep on hopping and check out what Candy has in store for you, for even more fun fall ideas.

Thanks for hopping!

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October Online Stamp Club Hostess Code – YG62GG6C
Get free exclusive tutorials each month and even get the supplies in a Make & Take kit with your order over $40 when you use the monthly hostess code!

Project Measurements:

  • Crumb Cake cardstock – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″
  • Very Vanilla cardstock –3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″, 2″ x 2″
  • Petals & Paisleys designer paper  – 1″ x 5 1/2″, 1 1/4″ x 5 1/2″

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Bring on the Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month & the Ultimate Pink Blog Hop!


Welcome to the first ever Ultimate Pink Blog Hop – a collection of ideas from Stampin’ UP! demonstrators all over the globe featuring shades of pink in honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Having had a grandmother who had to battle breast cancer, this is a cause that I know can affect anyone at anytime, and I loved the chance to participate in this fun way to play with all things PINK while raising awareness for this.

I started by grabbing all my pink papers and had planned a “Thinking of You” card, but as things started coming together, it took a little bit of a turn and ended up here… 🙂

baby-girl-card-with-cookie-cutter-christmasI had a lot of fun mixing all my pink papers with some of the new items in the Stampin’ Up Holiday catalog to create an anything but Holiday card!

Not just “Holiday” items:

  • Use the bear in the Cookie-Cutter Christmas stamp set to make an adorable bear for a new baby!  Just pick your color to suit the gender or parents…
  • Fancy Frost Designer paper has many great anytime designs and is a quick way to add texture without having to pull out an embossing folder and BigShot.
  • Matching Glitz comes from the Fancy Frost Sequins – I shared a Frosted Medallions card recently using them for New Years or bust them out for Christmas, but the sequins are perfect for a baby too.

baby-girl-card-with-cookie-cutter-christmas-side-view I mixed and matched my colors for this too.  Good thing there are lots of pinks to choose from in Stampin’ Up’s color palette and they all go great together!  I had

  • Melon Mambo for the card base,
  • Pink Pirouette and Blushing Bride cardstock for the stripes,
  • and Blushing Bride glimmer paper for just that extra sparkle.  Gotta love sparkle!

baby-girl-card-with-cookie-cutter-christmas-close-up Now if you missed this bear (it’s easy to do!), she comes from the Cookie-Cutter Christmas stamp set.  You stamp the bear body first and then add in the ears (thankfully both ears are together on ONE photopolymer stamp so you don’t have to worry about spacing and you can see what you are doing!) .  Finally, add in the fun face and you are good to go.

If you want, stamp the bow and then punch it out with the coordinating Cookie-Cutter punch!  (And yes-siree, they are offered together in a discounted bundle!)

PS – I have all the project dimensions below if you want to make this for yourself.  🙂

Thank you so much for checking out my PINK idea and don’t miss out on even more great ideas on this blog hop – To continue to be inspired whether you’ve come from the person previous to me or after me (#4 – Jennifer Blomquist) on the list below, all participants are listed to help you as you journey among us being filled with pink inspiration.

Happy hopping!

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October Online Stamp Club Hostess Code – YG62GG6C
Get free exclusive tutorials each month and even get the supplies in a Make & Take kit with your order over $40 when you use the monthly hostess code!

Project Measurements:

  • Melon Mambo cardstock – 4 1/4″ x 11″
  • Pink Pirouette cardstock – 2 1/2″ x 4 1/4″
  • Blushing Bride cardstock – 1″ x 4 1/4″
  • Fancy Frost designer paper – 1″ x 4 1/4″
  • Whisper White cardstock – 2″ x 2 3/4″
  • Blushing Bride glimmer paper – 1/2″ x 4 1/4″

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Festive New Years Card with Frosted Medallions

Today I wanted to share another card from my Stamp & Share event which shows off a fun other color palette –

I used them with the new Frosted Medallions stamp set to create a pretty card that can be used for the winter holidays.

Most of this card is pretty straightforward, but the one piece that you may not recognize is the pinky/purple patterned strip on the left side of the card.  That is actually the Fancy Frost specialty paper from the holiday catalog.  Now, if you are like me, I thought when it said the paper was embossed that it was a glossy embossing for emboss resist projects.  But NOPE!  It is dry embossed in 6 different patterns, so the pattern is raised up from the paper.  So you can either leave it as is, or you can do like I did and color it in with a sponge or sponge brayer.  It tends to color all of the paper, but the raised pattern comes out darker than the rest of the paper.  Fun, huh?!

I mixed in some of the super popular new glitter ribbon (you get Silver and Sweet Sugarplum in the pack) to peak out from underneath my sentiment.  And then just a few of the new Fancy Frost sequins attached with some glue dots for just a touch of glitz.

Then, let the large snowflake from the stamp set as your centerpiece and when you use a light ink like the Soft Sky, you can layer your sentiment right over the top!

Don’t forget to order your Holiday Catalog Product Samplers!

I started offering my Holiday Catalog product samplers last week and thank you to everyone who already let me know you were in!  As I got the set of supplies in for the first orders, I decided to put together a video to share what all the products are that you’ll find in the product samplers, plus extra project ideas at the end where I share some of the holiday catalog stamp sets and cards and projects that you can make with them!

>>>Reserve your Product Sampler here<<<

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Project Measurements:

  • Soft Sky cardstock – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
  • Fancy Frost designer paper – 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
  • Whisper White cardstock – 3″ x 3″
  • Glimmer ribbon – 5 1/2″

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Clean & Simple Elegant Thank You card with Suite Seasons

So, last month, I ran a big event for Pacific Northwest Stampin’ Up demonstrators.  It wasn’t limited to my team, but anyone who wanted to come connect, share, and learn.  As part of the event, I created 4 make & take projects for them to get to play with new goodies from the 2016 Holiday Catalog.  So, I thought I’d share one of those projects with you today!  Because really, we all need a card idea that is quick to make when our Mojo just isn’t feeling it… that we know will turn out fabulous every time!  Give this layout a try –

I loved this sentiment from the Suite Seasons stamp set, and love the little details art touch below the sentiment.  It was just perfect for coloring in with my markers.  Again, I wanted that handmade touch without an hour of color on each card.  Sometimes, the coloring is super relaxing… sometimes, I just want to be done with my card and still love how it looks. Smile 
TIP –  When coloring in small spaces like this, even if you *can* use the brush tip of your marker, start with the pen tip of the marker instead.  The pen tip colors just a little bit lighter than the brush tip because less ink is coming out on the paper at one time.  So, in an image like this, you want it to be a little bit lighter so you can see the line art accents instead of it all getting covered up by dark ink.

Since the sentiment was so pretty, I wanted the leave the rest of the card simple to let the words and the coloring stand out.  So, I grab the FABULOUS Copper Foil paper and used it as a large mat for my center.  Now, I was worried that the Very Vanilla cardstock I used had too stark of an edge, but turns out sponging some Delightful Dijon ink around the edges with a sponge fixes that problem right up!

Then just add a strip of the Delightful Dijon ribbon from the 3/8” Ribbon Trio Pack from the Holiday Catalog (it includes Rich Razzleberry, Delightful Dijon, and Mint Macaron ribbons) where the border of the Rich Razzleberry cardstock ends on the cardbase and you have a sweet and elegant card that you can pull together in a pinch!

I also wanted to share that Product Samplers are back by popular demand!  Instead of feeling like you have to choose which paper or accessory you want to get from the Holiday Catalog, why not try them all?! 

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I give you at least 1 yard of all the ribbons and twines in the Holiday Catalog, some of all the accessories, and 6×6 sheets of the designer papers (one of each pattern).  So you have enough to create that project you saw on Pinterest that you love so much, without having to buy full packs of everything!

Check out the full details and all the options for the Holiday Catalog Product Sampler here

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