Mistletoe & Holly – November Paper Pumpkin Kit

100_0912With Thanksgiving tomorrow, I thought playing with my November Paper Pumpkin kit would be a perfect way to spend the afternoon while my pies were baking.  This month’s selection features everything you need to make ten holiday cards with lined envelopes, five of two different designs.  These are perfect for creating quick cards your family and friends will love!

I always like to create at least one of the projects in the kit as instructed. The instructions are easy to follow and if you would like to watch a video on how to assemble your project you can go to PumpkinHowTo.com.  The kit has everything you need (pre-cut and pre-scored) including the Mistletoe & Holly photopolymer stamp set, a Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Spot, 10 printed card bases (5 ea of 2 designs), 10 printed envelopes, 3 sheets of die-cuts, 5 die cut banners, 5 printed polka dot squares, 5 white squares, 5 die cut red rectangles, 100 pearls (50 red & 50 white), 8 yards linen thread, 2 sheets of dimensionals (2 sizes) and 200 adhesive dots.  Here are the two projects included with the Mistletoe & Holly kit.

While I love the projects each month I like to be a little creative and come up with variations of each card by tweaking the design or by adding different accessories and coordinating DSP or cardstock.  You would be surprised once you get started the ideas will just come flowing out.

For the card on the left I cut one of the red panels in half and adhered it to the card in a diamond shape.  Then I added the white and green dotted square on top. This time I used the NOEL stamp.

The card on the right adds a few strips of washi tape and I trimmed the edges off the white and red panels which I adhered to the card in an angeled design.

The card on the left was stamped using the greeting MERRY & BRIGHT directly on the card.  Then I used  Lots of Labels framelits to cut two panels one in Cherry Cobbler and one in Whisper White.  I added a bow using thick bakers twine in Cherry Cobbler.

For the last card I used the Ovals Collection Framelits to cut two ovals, one using the Merry Moments DSP Stack in the Cherry Cobbler with Crumb Cake Dots and the other in Whisper White.  I stamped the greeting in Cherry Cobbler and the holly stamp using Old Olive.  I then colored in the holly leaves with an Old Olive ink pad and AquaPainters.  For a little accent I coiled a piece of gold cording trim and put it behind the Whisper White panel and I added three red pearls from the kit for the holly berries.

If you are interested in this kit they just became available to order, but you need to be a Paper Pumpkin subscriber (supplies are limited).  For more information on My Paper Pumpkin or to subscribe please click here.  Subscriptions are available on a month to month plan or you can prepay in one, three, six or twelve months.  The prepaid plan makes a perfect holiday gift for any crafter on your list!

I hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving filled with the love of family and friends!

Happy Stampin!

til next time,


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Technique Tuesday! – Stampin’ Mist Background


Welcome to Technique Tuesday!

I am always looking for new ways to make interesting backgrounds and this one is both quick and easy yet looks really difficult. I have to say this is my new favorite technique, I love how the colors blend on their own it really makes the night sky in this card come to life.  Have fun and enjoy!

til next time!

~ Jo

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Sizes of cardstock:

Night of Navy  – 1 piece (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″)

Whisper White – 3 pieces (5 1/4″ x 4″)


Attach one Whisper White panel to the inside of the Night of Navy card base and set aside.  Cut a Stampin’ Sponge into quarters.


Using another Whisper White panel start with the lightest color, Soft Sky, and sponge the top two-thirds of the panel using a circular motion.  Next using the Tempting Turquoise sponge over the Soft Sky covering it completely.  Repeat the process using the Night of Navy.  At this point the top portion will be completely covered in Night of Navy.


Using Stampin’ Mist lightly spritz the panel.  Take care not to saturate the cardstock, it should be a light mist.  Set aside to dry.  The edges may curl slightly,not to worry when you adhere it to the card base it will straighten out.


While your background is drying, take the sleigh edgelit die and cut out the image so the panel is cut in half.  Using the top panel cut out the tree image as shown.


Using the glue pen apply a strip of glue along the edge of both panels and on the trees.  Sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds glitter to create snow.


Stamp the greeting “jingle all the way” as shown using Night of Navy ink.  Set both panels aside.


The background panel should be dry, if not you can use a heat gun to speed things up.  Using the glue pen randomly dab glue on the background, sprinkle with Dazzling Diamonds to make stars that twinkle in the night sky.


Attach the background to the card base.  Last step attach the trees to the background then the sleigh on top as shown.


Have fun using this technique on all your works of heart!


Flurry of Wishes – Stamp Set Spotlight

Welcome to Stamp Set Spotlight!  

Today’s set is Flurry of Wishes.

I know it’s hard to think about snow already but this set is perfect for quick holiday cards.  It is available in a bundle with the coordinating punch and you can save 15%.  Here are three samples that are perfect for easy holiday cards.

Card 1:


A monochromatic card using the double stamp technique

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Card 2:


This card features embossing on the snowflakes and the background uses the resist technique.  I added the set Holly Jolly Greetings and the coordinating Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies

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Snow Way!


Hi everyone, it’s card share Saturday!

I just love snowmen and when I saw this set it was at the top of my wish list. The coordinating framelits dies make this the perfect set not only for Christmas cards but for any winter greeting.  Add the Season of Cheer DSP and the Softly Falling Textured Impressions embossing folder and you have a quick fun holiday card!

Happy Stamping!

til next time,




Night of Navy  – 1 piece (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″), 1 piece (3″ x 4 1/4″)

Season of Cheer DSP (blue with snowflakes) 1 piece (4″ x 5 1/4″)

Whisper White – 1 piece (4″ x 5 1/4″), 1 piece (4″ x 2 3/4″) and scraps to stamp the snowman & his accessories


  • Fold the card base in half and adhere the large white panel to the inside
  • Attach the DSP to the front of the card base
  • Stamp the greeting on the bottom of the small panel using Night of Navy ink
  • Using the Big Shot, run the small Whisper White panel through using the Softly Falling embossing folder.
  • Stamp the snowman and the top hat using Basic Black ink and the scarf using Real Red onto a scrap of Whisper White cardstock
  • Cut the images out using the Snow Friends framelit dies and the Big Shot.  You may want to trim the scarf slightly so it fits the snowman’s neck better.
  • Color the nose using the Tangelo Twist Stampin’ Write marker
  • Adhere the white and Night of Navy panels then attach to the card.  Attach the top hat and scarf to the snowman, using dimensionals attach to the card

Grateful for You Card


I can’t believe it’s November already. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we have so much to be thankful for.  Just think of how many things we take for granted every day such as a warm bed to sleep in at night, food at our table, and a roof over our heads. We may think of them as necessities but they are luxuries to so many.  Let’s all try to count at least five blessings daily during this month.  I promise you your outlook and mood will be much better when you focus on the positive and remember a happy attitude is contagious!  Today’s share is a card perfect for giving to someone you are truly grateful for.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with the love of family and friends!

til next time,



Rich Razzleberry – 1 piece (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″) scored at 2 1/8′ and 6 3/8″
Mossy Meadow – 1 piece (2 1/4″ x 2 1/4″)
Into the Woods DSP ( Rich Razzleberry and Mellow Moss vine)- 2 pieces (1 7/8″ x 5 1/4″)
Whisper White – Scrap pieces for acorns and banner
  • Score card base using the Simply Scored tool, fold card base on score lines, use bone folder on creases.
  • Adhere Into the Woods DSP panels on the front on each side.
  • Using the Big Shot and the Decorative Dots embossing folder run the Mellow Moss piece through.
  • Punch the acorn pieces out using the punch and the white scraps, you need two tops and two bottoms.  I have found that the way the punch is set up it is easier to punch the pieces first then stamp them. The photopolymer stamps make it a cinch to line up the piece and the image!
  • Stamp the tops using the hash mark stamp in Mellow Moss and the bottom with the stripe stamp in Rich Razzleberry.  Attach the tops to the bottoms using glue dots.
  • Cut a 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ strip from the Whisper White scraps.  Stamp the saying using Rich Razzleberry.  Notch the ends.  If you would like to you can sponge the edges with Rich Razzleberry ink to add a little depth.
  • Cut a 2 3/4″ piece of the ribbon, notch the ends.  Attach the saying using glue dots.
  • Attach the Mellow Moss piece to the left side only so the card can open like french doors.
  • Attach the saying and the acorns to the Mellow Moss piece using dimensionals.
  • Cut a 5″ piece of linen thread, thread though the button holes and tie in a bow, trim  the ends. Attach the button using glue dots.

Happy Autumn!!

100_0848Autumn is a magical time of year. There is the changing of the leaves, the air gets crisper and it’s time to break out the cozy sweaters. Decorating is also a highlight for me. The front of my house always showcases colorful mums, cornstalks, hay bales and of course pumpkins. This year I have another special decoration to add, a gorgeous hat made with the Witches Decor Project Kit and Witches Night stamp set.

The kit contains all paper supplies, pre-cut labels and leaves, accessories and complete instructions. Stampin’ Up! also has a video showing step by step how to construct your hat and tips to make sure your project comes out beautifully. The coordinating stamp set, inks and adhesive are sold separately.

Not only do you get to make this stunning decoration but the kit comes with so many extra pieces you can make several other projects to make your Halloween or Thanksgiving extra special.

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This card was made using one of the pre-cut labels and an extra Spider Web Doily.  I stamped the Happy Halloween image in Elegant Eggplant. Then added two strips of Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper and a length of Into the Woods 3/8″ Cotton Ribbon.


Again I used one of the pre-cut labels and added the black jewels from the kit,  The Trick or Treat image was stamped using Basic Black Archival ink. I wanted to use a different color palette not typical for Halloween, Elegant Eggplant and Cucumber Crush.  Since the archival ink is waterproof I decided to color the image with Aqua Painters and ink pads.  Just squeeze the lid and pad together to create a pool of ink, dip the Aqua Painter into the ink and color away!  For texture on the two cardstock panels, Decorative Dots and Lucky Stars embossing folders were used. And no card is complete with out a little bling. Black Glimmer paper and a piece of a Spider Web Doily add the perfect finishing touches.


The leaves and acorn cut-outs included with the kit are perfect for a Thanksgiving card.  By adding a panel using Into the Woods Designer Series Paper, A Little Something and Acorny Thank You stamp sets, plus a few accessories and you have the perfect Thanksgiving card.

Even though this kit is geared towards Halloween, I think the versatility is incredible and will really take your creativity to new levels. If you have any questions about this kit or anything in the catalog, please let me know.  I would love to help!

’til next time!


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