Finally Finished August’s Paper Pumpkin Kit!

I know, I know… we are already in September and I”ve had my Paper Pumpkin kit for a few weeks; but I finally had some time to sit down with my August kit and start playing.

I try each month to make one example following the pre-designed sample and then make the rest using only the supplies in the kit and a little creativity…. so this is what came out this month:

I’ll admit, I started out a bit stalled since this month, but once I started playing more ideas started coming.  And I even ended up with some extra stickers and pieces I can use for other projects – I just need another burst of mojo to finish those up! Smile

Plus, I had to make sure to stamp up my envelopes as well.  So, here is what I did along with my two favorite cards in the set:

I actually stamped the front bottom corner of three of the envelopes by inking up my bicycle stamp with the Bermuda Bay ink and then inked each envelope one after another without re-inking in between.  So you get a slightly faded effect as you go.

I also used this technique to get this cool motion effect on one of the cards:

Just stamp the bicycle on the right side of your paper and then keep stamping WITHOUT re-inking while moving the stamp slightly to the left each time you stamp.

Yes, it’s true, this card uses a few supplies not included in the kit (some scrap Whisper White cardstock, the 2 1/2” circle punch, paper piercing tool, and the Essentials Piercing Pack) but that is because I started out stamping out the bicycle on the card back and I completely messed it up!!

So, I needed to do something to cover up the boo-boo and thus the scraps started coming out.  Plus, I loved the idea of piercing the circle to help it coordinate with the background print.  What do you think?

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So today’s post was supposed to go up yesterday but instead of adding the finishing touches to the post and publishing, we had the excitement during breakfast of our carbon monoxide monitors going off and having to quickly evacuate our house due to extremely dangerous levels of the gas in our house.  Thankfully we had the monitors and all the people and animals in our house are fine, and the kids had the fun of seeing firetrucks come to our house and getting to hang out with firemen.

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So, the moral of the story is… if you don’t have carbon monoxide detectors in your house, please go get some!  You never know when you will need them.  I know we had no clue anything was wrong or that we were in danger until they started going off.

All the best and happy & SAFE stamping!

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Pair Up Those Punches!

When they announced the Color Refresh and told us that 10 colors were going to be retiring, I looked at the list and was a little sad but overall thought that I didn’t use the colors that much and so I wasn’t going to miss them too much.

Well, then I decide to pull out the colors and make a card with them…. who knew they were so cute together!?!

Colors used:  Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, River Rock, Bashful Blue, Pretty In Pink

Colors used: Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, More Mustard, Bravo Burgundy, Not Quite Navy

These are my thank you cards for customers who ordered from me this month.  I decided to pull out my punches and using them to create layered embellishments.  And if you didn’t grab this Petite Curly Label Punch during Sale-a-bration, it is now available to order too!
Anyway, it turns out, that mixing and matching shapes and colors looks pretty cool. Smile Use a stamp to act as a background for your embellishments and they will pop just that much more!

Just a Note:
If you love any of these colors, be sure to be checking your stash!  Some of the ink and papers are already selling out, so be sure to hop over to the online store and grab your favorites before they run out too!
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Supples Used
– Oh Hello
Paper – Whisper White, River Rock, colors listed above
Ink – Sahara Sand, Certainly Celery or Not Quite Navy
Accessories – Petite Curly Label Punch, Bitty Punch Pack, Natural Trim Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Some Ideas For Your My Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit

This last week, I have been performing my civic duty by heading to the district courthouse each morning to report for jury duty.  Most people are not excited by being called for jury duty, but with two overly energetic toddlers in the house and a mom who offered to come help watch the kids, I was actually looking forward to the relative quiet and time away.

But I knew that there was likely going to be times when I was sitting around waiting and so I wanted to take something with me to keep me entertained.  And then it hit me the night before I was due to report and I was trying to figure out what I could grab to make my own crafting kit to go — why not just take my “Welcome Kit” box from My Paper Pumpkin?  All I needed to do was throw in some adhesive and my bone folder and I was ready to go!

My Paper Pumpkin at Jury Duty

So that is exactly what I did!  Smile  This is me sitting in our waiting area bench getting ready to start.  I found that the box, when closed, makes a fine table for assembling.

Now, I like that I can make 4 of the same card with this kit… but what if you don’t want 4 of the same card?  I decided to try to create a variety of designs using only what I got in the kit when making my cards. And this is what I came up with:

The card on the right is the design that is shown on the instruction sheet with the welcome kit supplies.  The card on the left is a bit of a variation.  (and psst – I couldn’t take scissors with me to court, so I made my left card look like the designer paper was skinnier by wrapping it around the left side of the card and adhering it to the back of the card base as well.  Tricky, huh?!)

And here are two more designs I came up with while playing around.  I ended up using all of the contents of my card with the exception of part of one of the green scallop stickers.  But I love that each of the cards is just a bit different from the other.

If you had other stamps at home, change up the sentiments or start adding even more embellishments for even more options.

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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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It’s All in The Details

Well, my adventures in California are coming to a close and I’m about to get back on the road to head back to Washington.  Its been a great chance to visit with friends, family, and my Stampin’ pals.  Thankfully, my nephew’s surgery went great and he seems to be recovering well (enough so that he was discharged on Monday after having a major 5 hr surgery on Thursday!)  So, its been a great trip.

Plus, while I was down here, I had a chance to participate in a class held by my downline, Bethani Semple  Let me tell you, her cards were great!  I’m so glad I had a chance to do them and try out some new stuff!  I’m still working on uploading the photos I took of the cards I made (I’ll share my faves on facebook when I’m done), but I wanted to share her swap from this years convention..

card designed by Bethani Semple

I love all the details in her card – from the inking of the embossed image on the Night of Navy piece – to the sponging and collaged images and rhinestone in the center.  Just goes to show that you don’t have to go over the top but just the right little details make a huge impact!

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Fancy Florets Embossed Card

Today I thought I’d share a card I got to make at an event this summer hosted by my way-upline, Julie Gunhus.  She is one of those demonstrators who have been around for over 10 years and now has a huge downline.  She is so sweet to put on big group get togethers a couple times a year and if you have the chance to go, you are in for lots of great project and business ideas.  This was one of the make & takes we did: 


I had a hard time photographing this card so you could see all the cool details.  Specifically the Polka Dot embossed black cardstock for the front of the card.  I also had to take a second picture so I could show you the embossed flower head. 

We stamped with Versamark ink and then embossed using the new Melon Mambo embossing powder.  I had forgotten how much fun it was to emboss with bright colors!  It makes the flower have a little bit of shine and really stand out.  Then we cut it out and popped it up on dimensionals.

The sentiment comes from the Word Play stamp set.  It seems like the perfect fit for this card, don’t you think?

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Fabulous Florets card recipe:
Fabulous Florets, Word Play
Ink: Basic Black, Wild Wasabi, Versamark
Paper: Basic Black cardstock, Melon Manbo cs, Whisper White cs
Accessories: Melon Manbo embossing powder, Embossing buddy, Paper Snips, Adhesive Rhinestones, BigShot, Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder, Stampin Dimensionals

Simple Is Beautiful Too

When looking at card samples online and at events like the Stampin’ Up! convention, its easy to be drawn in to the “WOW!” cards.  You know, the ones that surely took someone multiple hours to make and look like they should be hung on a wall as art and you could never bear to throw away.  You know which cards I’m talking about. Smile

I love the inspiration and ideas from these cards, but often I don’t get the time to play with these ideas and replicate many of my favorites.  So, I get extra excited when I see some cards that are clean and simple, and ideas I can try in minutes at home.  Here are a few examples of some of my favorites from Convention this year:

card by Julie Gunhus

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card by Nancy Knowles

card by Rhonda Wells

Each of these cards has a cool touch, from the Fancy Fan letterpress plate (which I’m now convinced that I have to have!), to heat embossing, to glitter and shimmer.  But none of the layers is elaborate or particularly fussy.  So, you could make these at home in no time at all!  Got to love that.

I’m still trying to figure out how to get the best lighting with my new photo tent, so sorry if some of the details are hard to see; but let me say these are all striking in person.  Hope you got some fun ideas to try!  If you have any questions about how any of these cards were made, just let me know!

On a side note, I’ve had some folks ask me in the past about what was the standard card size and how to cut their paper for a typical card base.  So, I’ve thrown together a photo-walkthrough to answer just that question.  So, if you are interested, you can check it out here  – and I’d love to hear if you have any feedback on how it could be better or more useful!

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