Friday, March 28, 2014

Paper Pumpkin Promotion Ending Soon

Even though Stampin' Up! extended the Paper Pumpkin Promotion of a Free Marker Set from February 10th to March 31st, your time is running out.  If you haven't tried Paper Pumpkin yet, you still have a few days to sign up to receive not only the Starter Kit and all of its contents, but you will also receive a Free pack of 2012-14 In Color Markers - a value of $14.95. 

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I'm the total package:
• I'm $19.95 (and shipping is covered). I'll arrive monthly.
• I've got all the stamps, ink, paper, and accessories to create pinable projects. Projects like cards, journals, d├ęcor, and more!
• I'm all cut, measured, and ready—with instructions included.
• I'm a new and exciting surprise every month. 
 
Here is a video showing you the contents of the March kit.  Now, each month the kits are different, but I thought you would like to see what those who have already subscribed to Paper Pumpkin received this month.
 
 
You can click the Paper Pumpkin link in the left hand column if you would like to sign up.  If you have any questions, please let a comment or send me an e-mail.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Gift Box Birthday Card?

Well, it really isn't a gift box, but I think the design of this card makes it look a little bit like a present.  At least that is the look I was going for.

My card base is Midnight Muse Card Stock with a layer of Very Vanilla and Etcetera Designer Series Paper. I then tied some Old Olive 1/8"  Taffeta Ribbon around my layer to make it look more like a package.  I stamped my sentiment onto Very Vanilla Card Stock and then punched it out with the Angled Tag Topper Punch.  Some more Old Olive Ribbon was added to the tag, and the tag was placed onto the card with Dimensionals.

The inside of my card says "That makes you one in a million".  I love when the stamp sets with sentiments have sayings for the inside of the card too. 

The following were used:
Card Stock:  Midnight Muse #126843, Very Vanilla #101650
Designer Series Paper:  Etcetera #130129
Ink: Midnight Muse #126860
Stamp Set: One in a Million #132052 w or #126382 c
Punch:  Angled Tag Topper #133323
Ribbon:  Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta #119256
Adhesive:  Dimensionals #104430, Snail #104332


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Secret Garden Sympathy Card

I brought out another Stamp Set I haven't used in awhile, the "Secret Garden" set which has a coordinating Framelit which I also used for my sympathy card.

 My card base is Crumb Cake Card Stock.  My layer is Whisper White which was stamped with a flower from the Secret Garden Stamp Set, first using Crumb Cake Ink, directly onto my layer, and then the addition of two more flowers stamped with Pink Pirouette Ink and then cut out with  my Framelit.  I shaded some more Pink Pirouette Ink on my flower, and also added some Dazzling Details to the middle of the flowers.

The right side of my layer was inked with the Very Vintage Wheel and I also added some Crumb Cake 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon and a Subtle Button tied with some Linen Thread.

The following were used:
Card Stock:  Crumb Cake #120953, Whisper White #100730
InkCrumb Cake #126975, Pink Pirouette #126956
Stamp Sets:  Secret Garden #131940 w or #129144 c,  Loving Thoughts #128436 w or #125845 c
Tools:   Jumbo Handle #103661,  Very Vintage Wheel #117693, Big Shot #113439, Secret Garden Framelits #129372. Stamping Sponges #101610
Embellishments:  Dazzling Details #124117, Subtles Designer Buttons #130030
Ribbon:  Crumb Cake 3/8" Taffeta #122966, Linen Thread #104199

Monday, March 24, 2014

Fun with the Fringe Scissors

I have been seeing a lot of really cute cards that use layers of card stock cut with the Fringe Scissors and I knew I had to make one for my monthly stamp class.  Just take a few colors that you think blend well together and cut away. 

I started with a card base of Whisper White Card Stock.  My fringe scissor layers are Real Red, Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, and Pink Pirouette.  I found that if I took a piece of Sticky Strip and placed it along the top of each layer and then cut with my fringe scissors up to the piece of Sticky Strip I got a really nice cut and then also had a strong adhesive to hold the layers onto my card.

My top piece is a piece of Primrose Petals Core'dinations Card Stock that I embossed with a Adorning Accents Folder and then sanded to bring out the pattern.   I then added a piece of Pear Pizzazz 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon which I placed on with some Glue Dots. To finish the card I added my birthday punched out with the Large Oval Punch and sponged with some Pink Pirouette ink for a bit of embellishment.

The following were used:
Card Stock:  Whisper White #100730, Real Red #102482, Raspberry Ripple #126842, Primrose Petals #126841, Pink Pirouette #111351, 2012-14 Core'dinations #129957
Stamp Set: Gifts of Kindness #130441 w or #130444 c
Ink: Pink Pirouette #126956
Tools:  Fringe Scissors #133325, Big Shot #113439, Adorning Accents #125601, Sanding Block #129367, Stamping Sponges #101610
Ribbon:  Pear Pizzazz 3/8" Taffeta #131208
Punch:  Large Oval #119855
Adhesive:  Sticky Strip #104294, Glue Dots #103683, Dimensionals #104430

Friday, March 21, 2014

Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape

I had a Washi Tape Class last month and the ladies really liked it so I will be doing another one with the Washi Tape available in the Occasions Catalog.  Here is one of the cards that uses the Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape.  I think these classes are really popular because the Washi Tape is really easy to use and looks great too.

My card base is Old Olive Card Stock with a layer of Early Espresso and Very Vanilla.  I placed my Washi Tape down and then added a piece of Old Olive Card Stock that was embossed with the Argyle Embossing Folder and cut with a Banners Framelits Die.  I stamped my sentiment with Old Olive Ink and also cut this out with a Banners Framelits Die.  My stars were cut out with paper snips and placed on with dimensionals. 

The following were used:
Card Stock: Old Olive #100702, Early Espresso #119686, Very Vanilla #101650
Ink: Old Olive #126953, Early Espresso #126974
Stamp Set: Perfect Pennants #133227 w or #133230 c
Accessories:  Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape #133000
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Banners Framelits Dies #132173, Argyle Embossing Folder #127750

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Swallowtail

To get the different colors on my butterfly I used three different embossing powders.  Up close the butterfly really sparkles and was one of the favorite cards at this months stamp class.
 
My card base is Wild Wasabi Card Stock with a layer of Pool Party and Whisper White.  I stamped my butterfly with Versa Mark Ink and sprinkled it with Pool Party, Smoky Slate, and Wild Wasabi Emboss Powder.  The important thing to remember is to place the remaining emboss powder back in the container each time before you add another color.  I then heated the entire image with my heat tool.
 
There are so many pretty embossing powders offered by Stampin' Up! so have fun experimenting with all of the colors.
 
The following were used:
Card Stock: Wild Wasabi #108641, Pool Party #122924, Whisper White #100730
Ink: Wild Wasabi #126959, Versa Mark #102283
Stamp Sets: Lots of Thanks #129687 w or #129690, Swallowtail #131943 w or #129216 c
Tools:  Heat Tool #129053,  Emboss Powder - Pool Party #129398, Wild Wasabi #123224, Smoky Slate #129396, Emboss Buddy #103083

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Create a Cupcake

It is time to bring out some products that I haven't used in awhile.  When a new catalog comes out I get so excited creating with new things that I sometimes forget about all of the other great products I have.  So when I started preparing for this month's stamp classes I made it a point to look on my shelves and see what I haven't used in awhile and saw the cupcake punch and knew I wanted to use it for a fun birthday card. 

My card base is Whisper White Card Stock that I layered with a piece of Bermuda Bay Card Stock and Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper.  I didn't use the stamp set for my cupcake I just punched out the icing with another piece of the Kaleidoscope Designer Paper, and my cupcake wrapper is a piece of Early Espresso Core'dinations Card Stock that I embossed with the Stripes Embossing Folder.  I then sanded this punched piece to make it look more authentic. 

I placed these pieces onto a Whisper White circle cut with a Circle Framelit,  and added  a piece of Crushed Curry 3/4" Chevron Ribbon behind it.

The following were used:
Card Stock: Whisper White #100730, Bermuda Bay #131197,  Neutrals Core'dinations #129956
Designer Series Paper: Kaleidoscope #132995
Ink: Bermuda Bay #131171
Stamp Set:  Create a Cupcake #128520 w or #121982 c
Punch: Cupcake Builder #121807
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Stripes Embossing Folder #123128, Circle Framelits #130911, Sanding Block #129367
Ribbon:  Crushed Curry 3/4" Chevron #130019

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy Watercolor

Spring is almost here, so it's time for me to start stamping with soft colors and pretty flowers again, and  I love the soft look the images in the Happy Watercolor Stamp Set give you.

My card base is Pistachio Pudding Card Stock with a layer of Coastal Cabana and Whisper White.  My Watercolor images are in Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar and Coastal Cabana Ink, and my flower was stamped on using Early Espresso.  The flower looks darker in the picture than it does in person.

I added some 7/16" Trim around my layers and found these really cute flowers to punch out of a piece of Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper, and added them to my trim for a bit more embellishment. 

The following were used:
Card Stock: Pistachio Pudding #131294, Coastal Cabana #131297, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper:  Venetian Romance #130144
Ink: Pistachio Pudding #131177, Coastal Cabana #131176, Baked Brown Sugar #131174, Early Espresso #126974
Stamp Set:  Happy Watercolor #133188 w or #133191 c
Ribbon:  7/16" Trim #129287
Punch:  Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack #118309

Friday, March 14, 2014

Scalloped Tag Topper Card and Bookmark - Updated with more photos!

This is the card and bookmark that was made recently at my last workshop.  Once you have your dimensions down for cutting the card it really is easy to make.  With the absence of a video to show you I will try to explain how I cut the card.  My camera battery also just went dead and I am recharging it, so once I can take more pictures I will post them so you can see step by step how I made this.

You cut your card stock the same you would for any standard card.  To start it measures 8 1/2" x 5 1/2".  Then you need to find the center of the card on the 5 1/2" side.  A trick I learned from another demonstrator was to take your card stock and line it up on a piece of Stampin' Up! Grid Paper.  You will notice that the paper has different markings on all of the sides. Using the side where the paper  measurements are marked 20 on the left and 20 on the right, line up your card stock between the two 7 markings.  Now the 0 marking will be your center.   Place a little mark here at the top of your card stock, and then do the same at the bottom of your card stock.  Remember you are marking the 5 1/2" sides of your card stock.  These marks are where you will punch with the Scallop Tag Topper.



Once you have your card stock punched you want to cut away the remaining layer of card stock up to where the scallop tag was punched.  Now for just one of the scalloped tag punched edges you want to score and fold it in.  If you look at my card the right scalloped punched piece is folded in, the left one is not scored and folded.  After you do this you want to place the right side with the scalloped tag folded in on your Simply Scored Scoring Tool and now score at 4 1/4". 


Now when you fold your card you have the two scalloped pieces meeting so you can tie them together, and the card is still a standard sized card.

Whew - I hope I didn't confuse you more and that some of that makes sense.  If you have any questions feel free to comment or send me an e-mail.  I will come back later with more pictures for a better explanation and all of the measurements for my layers.

Update - ** Layering sizes.  For the front panel the Card Stock measures 2 1/2" x 5 1/4" and the Designer Series Paper meaxures 2 1/4" x 5".  The inside has a piece of Whisper White Card Stock cut to 5 1/4" x 4".

To make the bookmark you need to start with a piece of card stock that measures 2" in width and you can make the length as short or long as you would like.  You can layer your Designer Series Paper right on top and punch both pieces at the same time. 

The following were used:
Card Stock: Daffodil Delight #119683, Tangerine Tango #111349, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper: Watercolor Wonder #132994
Ink: Daffodil Delight #126944, Tangerine Tango #236946
Stamp Sets:  *Petite Petals #133152 w or #133155 c, Blue Ribbon #131964 w or #125981,
Punches:  Scalloped Tag Topper #133324, *Petite Petals #133322, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border #119275
Accessories:  Grid Paper #130148, Simply Scored Scoring Tool #122334
Ribbon:  Daffodil Delight 1/2" Seam Binding #125583, Linen Thread #104199
Embellishment:  Pearl Basic Jewels #119247

*Petite Petals Stamp Set and Punch can be purchased in a bundle to save you 15%.  You need to use the following numbers for the bundle - #134821 for a wood stamp set and punch, #134822 for a clear stamp set and punch.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Trefoil Cross Easter Card


I really wanted my Cross to be the main focus of my card, so I stamped it with Versa Mark Ink and Embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder. 

My card base is Whisper White Card Stock that I layered with a piece of Perfect Plum and then another Whisper White layer that was layered with pieces of Gold Washi Tape from the Watercolor Wonder Designer Washi Tape pack.  I cut some Brushed Gold Cardstock with a Labels Collection Framelit and placed it behind my Cross which was cut out with a smaller Labels Collection Framelit.    My sentiment is from the Delightful Dozen Set which has a lot of great sentiments for 12 different occasions. 


The following were used:
Card Stock: Whisper White #100730, Perfect Plum #101889, Brushed Gold #102935
Stamp Sets:  Trefoil Cross #130589, Delightful Dozen #128547 w or #122652 c
Ink: Perfect Plum #126963, Versa Mark #102283
Accessories:  Watercolor Wonder Designer Washi Tape #133000
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Labels Collection Framelits #125598, Heat Tool #129053, Gold Embossing Powder #109129

Monday, March 10, 2014

Scallop Tag Topper Punch Easter Egg Holder

I used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch to  make these Easter Egg Treat Holders.  They were simple to make, and I really like when my punches can be used for a lot of different projects. 

Here is how I made them:

I cut my Card Stock to measure 2" x 11" and then punched each end.

I scored my cut piece at 4 3/4" x 6 1/4" and then folded on the score lines.  This is where I placed my plastic candy filled egg.  I placed Sticky Strip on the bottom and two sides of the egg sides that were attached to the holder.  I also placed a piece of Sticky Strip right under the punched top on the left hand side and pressed the two punched ends together.  This created a good hold for the egg.


Here is a side view with the egg inside.
 

 
I wrapped a piece of Designer Series Paper measuring 3/4" x 5 1/4" around the top, and embellished with a coordinating button and some ribbon to the top.  My sentiment from the Eggstrata Spectacular Stamp Set was punched out with the 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch and placed on with a Dimensional.  I coordinated my egg with the Card Stock color, but you really could decorate them any way you want depending on who you are making them for.  A fun and easy project to make using a new punch from the Occasions Catalog.

The following were used:
Card Stock: Elegant Eggplant #105126, Real Red #102482, Pumpkin Pie #105117, Wild Wasabi #108641, Whisper White #100730
Designer Series Paper: Birthday Basics #130145, Gingham Garden #129310, Sweet Sorbet #133521 (Sale-a-bration)
Ink: Elegant Eggplant #126969, Melon Mambo #126948, Pumpkin Pie #126945, Wild Wasabi #126959
Stamp Set:  Eggstra Spectacular #133068 w or #133071 c
Punches:  Scalloped Tag Topper #133324, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle #119854
Ribbon:  Retired produt
Adhesive:  Dimensionals #104430, Sticky Strip #104294



Friday, March 7, 2014

Tag a Bag Gift Boxes for Easter

For Christmas I used the Tag a Bag Gift Boxes to make K Cup treat boxes.  I thought why not do the same for Easter.  I made them sturdier this time by adding an insert for the K Cups to fit right into.  Here is what they look like with some directions if you would like to make some yourself.

I started making the insert by cutting a piece of So Saffron Card Stock - 7 1/2" x 3 1/4".  I scored it at 1/2" x 7" on the long side, and then again at 1/2" x 2 3/4" on the short side.  I cut the corners and folded on my score lines to fit them into the boxes. 

For the circles I used the 1/2" Circle Framelit.


This is what it looks like when you place it inside the Tag a Bag Gift Box.

I then filled them with my K Cups which stay firmly in place.

Now a little extra treat of chocolate and some and crinkled paper for decoration.

Here is the finished product.  I don't like to cover the whole package because I want people to see what is inside.  I sell these at Craft Fairs and don't want to have to be opening them, and I think they look nicer when you can see what is inside.  I tied it with some Marina Mist 3/4" Chevron Ribbon and added the Happy Easter Egg tied on with Linen Thread.

The following were used:
Supplies:  Tag a Bag Gift Boxes #130927
Ribbon:  Marina Mist 3/4" Chevron Ribbon #130016, Linen Thread 104199
Stamp Set:  Eggstra Spectacular #133068 w or #133071 c
Ink:  Marina Mist #126962
Card Stock:  Whisper White #100730, So Saffron #105118
Punch:  Extra Large Oval #119859

Thursday, March 6, 2014

"Chick Peeps" for Easter

I love all the colorful "Chick" Peeps candies they have out for Easter, and they fit nicely into the 4" x 6" Cellophane Bags.  They will be part of my Easter items for sale at my Spring Craft Fairs.  

I cut my 4" x 6" bag about an inch from the top so it measures 4" x 5", so there is less room between the top of the bag and the items in the bag.  The top was made by cutting a Top Note Bigz Die and and adding punched pieces for the face, and I used my Fringe Scissors to cut the hair at the top.

I added my treats and the Happy Easter sentiment that punched out with the Word Window Punch.

I also made "Bunny Peep" bags and I did show them to you last year, but thought I would show a picture again of the ones I did this year.

I love matching the peep with our Card Stock and ink.  These were also made with the Top Note Bigz Die and a variety of punches for the face.   

The following were used:
Card Stock:  Wisteria Wonder #122922, Daffodil Delight #119683, Pink Pirouette #111351, Pumpkin Pie #105117, Whisper White #100730
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder #126985, Daffodil Delight #126944, Pink Pirouette #126956, Pumpkin Pie #126945
Accessories:  4" x 6" Cellophane Bags #102757
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Top Note Bigz Die #113463, Fringe Scissors #133325
Punches:  1 1/4" Circle #119861, 1" Circle #119868, 3/4" Circle #119863, Extra Large Oval #119859, Large Oval #119855, Word Window #119857
Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes #128748 w or #127802 c

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Stampin' Up! Heartfelt Banner Kit

I thought I would share another video by Stampin' Up!.  This video shows you how to put together the Heartfelt Banner Kit which is one of the free products in the Sale-a-bration Catalog.

Now, you can alter how you design your kit, or you can just use the pieces in the kit for other projects, but if you wanted to use it as displayed in the catalog, this video gives you some great tips.

To see all of the free products you can earn during Sale-a-bration you can go to my online store here.


Monday, March 3, 2014

The Open Sea

Another masculine birthday card with the help of "The Open Sea" Stamp Set.  Also makes me think of summer.  I hope it gets here soon!

My card base is Night of Navy Card Stock.  To that I added some stamped images onto a layer of Smoky Slate Card Stock that I embossed with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder and cut out the Square opening  using a Square Framelit.   I then stamped more images onto a piece of Whisper White Card Stock and cut that out with another smaller Square Framelit.

I love how you can place your Framelits anywhere on your card and cut them out.  Now, I love my punches too, but the Framelits give you so much more flexibility with design. 

The following were used:
Card Stock: Night of Navy #100867, Smoky Slate #131202, Whisper White #100730
Ink: Basic Gray #126981, Smoky Slate #131179
Stamp Set:  The Open Sea #128454 w or #123032 c
Tools:  Big Shot #113439, Square Lattice Embossing Folder #119976, Square Collection Framelits #130921