You Did It! Winning Craft Wars: Paper Pumpkin Card

If you were reading my recap of Leadership, I mentioned a fun activity they ran over the course of the conference.  They called it “Craft Wars: Paper Pumpkin”!  Now, I’ll admit, I haven’t ever watched Craft Wars but I get the general idea (or at least have a guess).

You have a pile of miscellaneous crafting supplies.
You have a project goal to create.
Make something cool.

And that is pretty much how this worked.  They had all of the stamps from the My Paper Pumpkin kits since March in bags in the center of the tables.  You had access to:

  – Whisper White or Crumb Cake card bases
– about 6 colors of ink and markers
– designer paper from the Occasions Catalog (wanna see what we had to work with?)
– gold or silver bakers twine (maybe white too)
Essentials Wooden Elements
– and um… a couple punches and dimensionals.

So there was a lot to work from, but you were limited to what was on hand… oh, and did I mention NO cardstock except the cardbases… so we started hacking up extra Whisper White cardbases to get extra cardstock for stamping and cutting.

I started by looking at the stamps to see what inspired me.  In this case, the “Wahoo” and “You Did It” stamps from September 2013 Kit (the sad part, I never actually put together my kit and wasn’t sure what I thought of the stamps at first.  Um, super fun it turns out!) along with the word bubble stamp from the December 2013 Kit.  Then I grabbed a few more stamps that seem like they could be interesting accents to the card and walked through the rows of paper and see if anything fits the style of the stamps and the completely fuzzy idea of what I should be making.  Turns out I was grabbed by the Bermuda Bay polka dot patterned paper from the Kaleidoscope designer paper.2014-01-10 12.42.15

Then I started stamping, cutting and layering the elements.  And really I still had no idea how exactly it was going to ultimately come together!2014-01-10 12.55.05

When I’m in a crunch, I’m a “glue-as-I-go” girl and so I started gluing things down which mostly works, until you decide you want to wrap baker’s twine around some paper that you already glued down.  ; )

But “thankfully” I had gotten an ink smudge on the front of my card after I had only glued a few pieces of paper down, so I could pull them up, wrap my twine, and then glue everything back down on a new card base.

In the end, this is what I came up with:

Paper Pumpkin Craft Wars wahoo card

This is a bit of a departure from my typical card style, but I LOVE IT!  I’ll be honest, this is completely inspired by a style of scrapbooking I love… so, see – scrapbooking can be a great crossover into card making.

Well, I took this picture kind of quick and didn’t try to hard to make it super nice because I figured I’d be picking up my card the next day and taking it home where I could photograph it all nice and pretty.

But to my happy surprise – IT WASN’T IN THE BOX!  Which turned out to mean, I was one of the 20 cards picked as winners of the Craft Wars competition.  Yay!  There were a ton of super great cards that I saw people creating so I’m glad someone on the judging panel liked my non-traditional layout.

You know, I’m thinking I may have to host my own Craft Wars: Paper Pumpkin edition!

Who is in!?

Yeah, I like that idea.

Ok, so start checking out your Paper Pumpkin kits and start brainstorming cute card ideas!

If you aren’t subscribed to My Paper Pumpkin yet, hop to it and you’ll get a set of the 2012-2014 In Color markers for FREE!  You just have to sign up by Feb 10th to get the extra perk!  Get going here.


Alright, I’m off to upload more pictures over on the Facebook page – display board pictures this time!  Talk about inspiration overload!  But in a good way, of course.  Smile

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Quatrefancy Window Sheets for Scrapbooking

Stylin Stampin Inkspiratin DT badgeOk, so I know I promised to share some projects with the Christmas Star single stamp today… but that was before I remembered that today was the Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration’s scrapbook sketch for the month!  I love playing along with sketches and I don’t scrapbook nearly enough…. so design team duties came first today.  But, I do have my Christmas Star projects and post ready for you… it is just moved to Wednesday now.  I promise this time. Smile 

But, I still have a fun project to share today!  The amazing Jennifer Campbell put together a great sketch this month and I love it because it was so easy to put together an interesting layout with it.  In fact, this page came together from looking at the sketch to done in less than an hour!!

September Scrapbook Sketch Layout

September 2013 SSI scrapbook sketch layout


I have a stash of photos that I know I want to scrap that I got printed at Costco a couple months ago, and so I grabbed the pile and started flipping through until I found the perfect photos I wanted to scrap.

It was so special to me this year at convention that I had a group of downline who were able to attend with me and share the awesome experience.  And it was so fun to have some friends to cheer with, lounge with, or just share ideas we saw or heard around the convention center.  I really am lucky to be able to call these gals my friends!

Once I found the pictures and looked at the sketch, I knew I wanted to recreate the group bag tag for my main embellishment.  I used the Fun Flower die to create the same shape, added the Fancy Flower punch, and then a 1-1/4” circle punch out of designer paper.  Then, instead of our group name, I used the Banner Greetings hostess set to create my sentiment and as a throwback to the banner shape in the original sketch.

My other fun variation was to use the Quatrefancy window sheet that comes with the Quatrefancy Specialty designer series paper.  This is one of those papers that often you look at and think,” how in the heck am I going to use this?”  Well, I loved the subtle pattern effect it gave and thought it would be a great accent to pull out the pattern from the Convention backpack we received this year.  Since the pattern was the same, it was a great way to tie together the photos, designer series paper (from the same pack) and the background paper.

Using window sheet papers this way is great because it is EASY to figure out adhesive.  If nothing else, you have a HUGE piece of cardstock (from your photo mat) that will be covering up parts of the window sheet strip, and so you can happily put adhesive in that area.  And in this case, I decided to layer some Pear Pizzazz taffeta ribbon over the top, and so I could also run a strip of adhesive across the window sheet to glue it to the base cardstock and then just adhere the ribbon over the top of the window sheet to hide the glue.  Sneaky, huh?!

So, there you go.  A fun, easy sketch and some ideas to get you started.  If you want to play along and try it out yourself, you can use the sketch above and then hop on over to the Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration blog to add your finished photo to the Linky there.  Or just visit to see other great takes on the basic sketch.  Have fun!

Card Supplies Used
Stamps – Banner Greetings
Ink – Midnight Muse
Paper – Pool Party Core’dinations cardstock, Quatrefancy designer paper, Pear Pizzazz cs, Whisper White cs
Accessories – Big Shot, Fun Flower die, Fancy Flower punch, 1-1/4” circle punch, Pear Pizzazz taffeta ribbon, Rhinestones

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One Last Look at Leadership

Well, Leadership is over and I survived my 2am wakeup call to get me to the airport for my cross-country 6am flight.  (Eek! that was early!) But before I completely crash for the night, I wanted to share some of my favorite things from the event.

It starts with the little things – like getting plated lunches each day! Spoiled!


I didn’t know we got something other than a box lunch, so it was a fun surprise. Smile  And all the awesome free product and giveaways too!

But that doesn’t hold a candle to the sharing that went on over 2 days.  I’m not kidding when I say that my brain got FULL and I was glad for dinner breaks starting at around 4:30.

There were awesome presentations by Stampin’ Up! staff and other demonstrators ranging from class and stamping ideas to how to be better organized and how to use a business plan to become more profitable!



And of course, lots of swapping and A-MA-ZING presentations on the main stage!


PSST – this is a cute idea for using the new Best Of stamp set that is available for January!

I even found it was really cool to get some frank conversations and state of the company presentations from the executive team at Stampin’ Up!



But I think the BEST thing of going to these events, is the friends I see (or meet in person for the first time after chatting online with them for ages) while I’m there.  People from across the continent that I would never get a chance to see if not for this event!


People like Gail from Canada (BasketballMom for those of you on SCS); and Ronda Wade!

So, if you haven’t been to a SU event before, all I have to say is… what are you waiting for? Smile  Check out the Regionals schedule for events near you (I have them posted on my FB page) or head out to Salt Lake City for Convention!  I’ll be there in July and would love to have you come share it with me!!


(me & my mom – fun fact: I have been to 4 conventions, 3 regionals, and 1 leadership event; and my mom has joined me for each of those events!)

I have LOTS MORE PHOTOS up on my Facebook Page including display boards, so if you are interested in that you should come check it out!


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Stampin’ Up! Leadership–Day 2 Reveals!

Ok, so it is 2am Orlando time and I really should be sleeping because our wakeup call is only 5 hours away, but I had to stay up to share some of the awesome stuff I saw and heard at Leadership today (well, yesterday technically, but since I haven’t slept, I’ll call it today!

You can see LOTS MORE Pictures and details on my Facebook Page

But if you don’t feel like clicking just yet, here is a quick rundown of the day!

We started the day with swapping before the first General Session. Cute cards, right?!?IMAG1528

Then Shelli Gardner took the stage to share how the company got start and some excitement that was to come. But she left most of the announcements to the presenters… which meant we had to wait!


Announcement 1: A new kit for guys to use, designed by guys – “Dude, You’re Welcome”. It even comes with this sticker. Smile Check out this video for a quick preview of what is inside the kit.


This kit is available Monday for $24.95.

Announcement 2: Starting Monday (or maybe even now) you can sign up for a new subscription program called Paper Pumpkin. It is stamps, ink, and supplies in a box mailed to you each month to create new projects. Its only $19.95 and that INCLUDES Shipping! They start shipping in March, but you can get on the list to get one of the first kits by visiting –

If you decide to sign up, make sure you select your demonstrator’s name during the sign up process, or you can pick me – Jennifer Blomquist – if you don’t have a demo. Smile


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Then of course there were display boards, project demonstrations, lots of business sessions, and non-stop sharing!


Finally the night ended with our Pajama Party and Prize Patrol!  I even won a stamp set and punch this year!  So Cool!!



So, there are some highlights.  If you have questions about the announcements feel free to leave me a comment or shoot me an email to

And now I’m headed to bed so I can be back for more in a few hours!


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Quick Hello from Leadership!

Yesterday was travel and check-in day here in Orlando for the 2013 Leadership convention and I think I was going non-stop all day.  From the overnight flight that only let me sleep for about 3.5 hrs total to Manager’s Reception going late into the evening at Harry Potter World!  Its been a blast but I am so wiped that I went the easy route and decided to post my initial pictures up on Facebook.

So check out my Facebook event photo albums here

Today I’ll be taking my camera and having my cell phone charged and getting a ton more to share with you tonight!

In the meantime, this is the summary of my day Smile

Check in at our hotel that is next door to the Convention center


Pick up our event packet and check out some previews of some cute projects!


Have dinner with some “old” and new friends


Catch a bus to Manager’s Reception at Harry Potter World and say hi to Shelli!


My feet are killing me but it was a great start to what I’m sure will be a fun and productive trip!


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Quinceanera Treat Bag, Perfect For Any Princess

Well, I hope you had as great of a weekend as I did!  I had relatives from the midwest and California in town for the weekend and so we did a lot of visiting and traveling around the Seattle area.  This was the first time my hubby’s Grandma, Aunt, and Uncle had met our daughter Caitlin; so that was cool as well!  Anyway, that kept me away from my computer and blogging a bit more than I was thinking – so, here I am trying to get caught back up. 🙂

I thought I’d share this cute treat bag we made at the Hispanic Night event at Convention.  This is a free evening activity that is meant to help share some of the cultural differences that you sometimes see with Hispanic families and crafters here in the US.  Its always a very interesting night and there were some AMAZING stamping demonstrations!  And, then we got to stamp ourselves!

So, here is the project we made:


I loved the details like the paper pieced dress (we stamped the image a second time on Pool Party cardstock and then cut out the dress and glued it down onto the Whisper White image), the Silver glimmer paper behind the Apocathary Accents framelit piece, paper piercing the outline of the die cut shape using the matching Paper Piercing Pack, coloring with markers, and then the stamped and punched flowers on the bag!  Just a couple details, right? 🙂


When we got to our table for the event that evening, this is what everyone had (so you can see the whole stamp set too!).  It was the make and take kit, the stamp set, and a bingo sheet.



I have to admit I squealed out loud when I saw the stamp set because I had been eyeing this stamp set for a while because I loved the image of the girl and I thought that the Princess, the crown, and the flower stamps could be used by anyone – regardless of if they spoke Spanish or not.  I just didn’t know anyone who would need a Quinceanera card (for those of you who aren’t familiar with Quinceanera, it is like a cross between a sweet 16 party –only at 15, a coming out event, and at the scale like a wedding!  It’s a pretty big deal!).  Anyway, I was so thankful that Stampin’ Up! gave us this set.

And then, to top off the evening, I got a bingo and won some Glimmer Paper, a Christmas stamp set, and some Stitched Satin Ribbon!  How cool is that?!  And if you can see, check out more of the amazing samples they had on display next to me on the display board.


If you are going to convention next year, I totally recommend going to Hispanic Night.


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You’re Amazing Ticket Banner Card from Convention

Alright, today is another share of the Stampin’ Up! convention make & takes.  I LOVED the variety and number of different projects we got to make and I thought that the projects we made with the You’re Amazing stamp set were especially unique.  And I’ll admit, this card is not at all hard to do, it does take a little bit of time to put together. 🙂


There are so many details to this card and after creating it, I think I might just hang it over my desk to remind myself that even when I’m feel low and my self-esteem has taken a hit, that I can have amazing moments too.  And I can remember how much I enjoyed creating this card.

Some tips if you are making a card like this:

  • When using the Essentials Paper Piercing pack to create a dotted outline for a die cut shape or stamped image, I recommend placing the piercing template on your card base first so you can line it up exactly where you want it to be; then do your piercing, and then add in your center piece.
  • If you want to make a string of little punched tickets (or any shape), I stamped my images first, pierced the hole for running the linen thread through, and then punched out the ticket shape.  You can punch them out and stack them up and pierce the hole, but I didn’t want to have to deal with trying to hold onto the little tiny pieces while piercing.
  • I actually tied the linen thread through the end of the die cut shape to help hold the banner up
  • Depending on your personality, you can opt to leave the ticket banner hanging loosely in the front of your card…. or you can be like me and use a glue dot behind each ticket to place it precisely where you want it to go! 🙂  The tickets may not necessarily hang evenly, but at least they will stay put.
  • The little hearts are actually a clever trick of punching out the 4-petal flower from the Itty Bitty Punch pack and then trimming off two of the petals to make a tiny heart.  This makes it even smaller than the single small heart punch.


Like I said, there are a lot of details, but honestly, that is what made this card so fun for me.  If you check out my blog very often, you see that a lot of the projects I tend to make are the more quick and simple cards – cards that have one or two cool details but don’t take much time to put together.  So, when I get to sit down and focus on more details on the card every now and then it is actually pretty relaxing for me. 🙂  Am I the only person like this?


So, even if you don’t have time to do this whole project, hopefully you got some ideas for different elements to try in your projects in the future.  Though I’ll admit, I’m most addicted to my Essential Piercing Pack, what is your favorite piece to try?


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You're Amazing Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Ticket Banner Card Recipe
You’re Amazing
Ink: Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, More Mustard
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Primrose Petals, More Mustard, Midnight Muse, Early Espresso
Accessories: Punch Pack, Linen Thread, Basic Pearls, Essential Piercing Pack, Paper Piercer, Piercing Pad, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Big Shot, Ticket Builder punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Affection Collection Convention Make & Take Card

Ok, I’m going to make today another quick post.  Today is the start of my HUGE craft garage sale (I think this time is bigger than last time!)  So, I’m finishing trying to cram everything on 6 – 6ft tables, 1 – 4 ft table, 3 card tables, 4 tv-trays, and any other surface I can find!

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If you aren’t local, watch my blog and facebook page for a special BOGO sale for remaining items!

Ok, now on to the pretty pictures, right?  🙂

This is one of the Affection Collection (found in the new Holiday Catalog) make and takes we did at Convention this year.  The thing I love about this card is that it is soooo easy and doesn’t take a ton of supplies – yet it looks really cool.

See, check out the image closer up:

All you are doing is layering different images from the stamp set to make a cool collage look on the front of your card.  Here is what all is included in the stamp set:

Affection Collection Wood-Mount Stamp Set

Cute huh?

Alright, well I know I’m keeping it short today but I hope you have a great Saturday and I’ll be back with more fun project ideas soon!


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Daydream Medallions Convention Make & Takes

Every year at the Stampin’ Up! convention, they give us a ton of projects as Make & Takes.  Some, I think are really cute while others are soooo not my style.  But I have to say, this set of cards using the Daydream Medallions stamp set, from the first day of Make & Takes were some of my favorites!


We were making four 3×3 cards and using a coordinating wheel to decorate our envelopes.  I thought these cards were a great way to show how you can mix and match the different medallion stamps to make totally different looks between your cards.  That is one of those design ideals that I love playing around with but can take a while to really break out of the box and create new ideas (and speaking of boxes, don’t miss the box we decorated for the cards at the end of this post).

These first two cards, I shared with folks who attended my Convention Roundup event.  Everyone seemed to have a good time making these cards to take home.  I don’t know why, but I particularly love the bling in the pink stamped medallion ring in the “always” card!


And here is a close up of the other two cards we made at convention.  These are super cute designs but they really go together best if you are using your Stamp-a-ma-jig.


Finally, we decorated one of the kraft boxes to be storage for our cards.  Now, here is the ingenious thing…. the Daydream Medallions stamp set includes the solid circle rubber cut outs from the middle of the bigger circles.  So, even though they aren’t “official” stamps listed on the box for the stamp set…. they are still stamps!  So we used them and stamped with Versamark on the sides of the box to create this:

Cute, right?

Alright, well I just spent this last weekend visiting Portland and participating in a 36 hour road rally/scavenger hunt that went non-stop throughout the weekend.  So, I’m a bit beat!  It was an amazing event with beautiful Oregon sceneries.  Maybe I should create some scrapbook layouts with those pictures!  But first, sleep!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend as well and a scrappy, crafty Monday!


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Daydream Medallions 3×3 Cards
Daydream Medallions, Affection Collection
Ink: Early Espresso, Midnight Muse, Daffodil Delight, More Mustard, Primrose Petals, Versamark
Paper: Whisper White, Primrose Petals, More Mustard
Accessories: Big Shot, Floral Frames framelits, Linen Thread, Basic Rhinestones, Facetted Buttons, Kraft boxes, Primrose Petals stitched satin ribbon, glue dots

Convention 2012 Display Boards!

One of the big reasons to go to convention is to see all the tons of amazing samples and displays.  They have huge boards that are organized by common colors (so you get a rainbow effect as you walk along the boards), by artisan award finalists, and boards full of samples using the stamp sets we are given at convention.  That is a lot of samples!!

So, to help you get started with some new ideas here are some of the display boards to give you lots and LOTS of ideas!

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Whew!  So are you feeling inspired yet?  I told you there are so many amazing ideas there.  I decided this year that I’m going to pick a few of my favorites and use them in my classes and for blog posts of the coming year.  So, thank you to everyone who contributed to these boards for sharing the amazing ideas!

So, I’d love to hear… leave a comment here or on my facebook page with with cards from the boards are your favorites!

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