Paper Pumpkin – September 2016

Here is the adorable Paper Pumpkin kit for September 2016 – Something Good to Eat.  It comes with the supplies you need to make 16 treat tubes you can fill with Halloween goodies.  It includes a beautiful stamp set, tags, linen thread and a Stampin’ Spot in Old Olive.


As always here are the treat tubes assembled per the instructions.  I made two with the tags that have the pictures already on them and two using the blank tags to create my own.  For those I used the pumpkin stamp in two very different ways, one as a traditional pumpkin and the other I turned into a Franken-pumpkin, the bolts on his neck are made from the pumpkin stem. Here is a close-up of the treat tubes.


I know many of you aren’t as thrilled when you receive a project other than cards but in that little orange box comes a lot of goodies including awesome stamps that you can use to make some fabulous cards!


The first one uses the flower stamp, stamped in Crushed Curry and Chocolate Chip, making the perfect sunflower.


Next up the same stamp but using Island Indigo, Sweet Sugarplum, Mint Macaron and Blushing Bride changes the whole look. I added a few accents using stamps from Flower Patch and made my own background paper.  This makes a nice cheery card and voila this set can be used any time of year!


Last card is a quick Halloween card using Basic Gray, Smoky Slate and Pumpkin Pie then add some Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper and a little sponging for the perfect easy card..


If you aren’t using Paper Pumpkin yet why not give it a try for a few months?  I can’t wait to see what is coming for the holidays!  Be sure to take advantage of the BOGO special before October 10, 2016!

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 Happy Stamping!

August Paper Pumpkin


Every month I can’t wait to see what fun creative project is in my little orange box. For August it was six cards and three gift card holders.  Perfect for fall holidays, the colors featured are Bermuda Bay, Tangerine Tango, Mint Macaron, Very Vanilla and Early Espresso. Plus the stamp set, Bold Botanicals is super versatile and coordinates with several stamp sets in the Annual Catalog such as Affectionately Yours and Botanical Blooms.


The August kit contains everythng you need to make three standard size cards with envelopes, three note cards with envelopes and three git card holders.  Full instructions are included plus you can visit for a video tutorial.

As always I assemble the kit as directed then I make a few alternative cards using the stamps and remaining cardstock and embellishments from the kit. The projects on the top are assembled according to the kit directions and the cards below are the ones I changed up a bit to show off that awesome stamp set.  I really love the florals and the designs they create.


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Happy Stamping!






Rainy Day Stamping


I know I might be in the minority but I adore rainy days.  I love the smell of rain, the soft noise on the roof and if there is thunder and lightning I consider it a bonus.  And My Paper Pumpkin kit is the perfect way to spend the afternoon stamping and creating away.


The July 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit contains everything you need to make eight little boxes with tags and tassles. They can hold treats or small gifts, what a cute way to let someone know they are a “gem”! The featured colors are Emerald Envy and Flirty Flamingo, two of Stampin’ Up!’s new 2016-2018 In Colors.


In case you haven’t seen a Paper Pumpkin kit, everything is pre-cut and scored.  It comes with an ink spot, a stamp set (exclusive to Paper Pumpkin kits you can’t get them anywhere else!) full instructions and there is also a link so you can watch a quick video tutorial.  All you need is adhesive and a sharp pair of scissors!


These little boxes are so cute and I love the tassles!  They are so easy to make with the Thick Bakers Twine.

Even thought the projects are always awesome, I like to stretch my creative legs and make a few cards using the materials in the kit and adding a few extra touches.


For this card I cut up one of the smaller boxes along the score lines to create the little triangles.  I made a card base out of Flirty Flamingo cardstock and added an Emerald Envy panel.  The triangles were attached using Fast Fuse adhesive.  I cut two circles using the Big Shot and Layering Circles Framelits.  Then I stamped the greeting and little diamond using VersaMark ink and copper embossing powder. I attached the circles together with Fast Fuse first then to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals over some copper metallic thread.


Next up I cut up the larger box, once again on the score lines to create the facets of a diamond.  The card base is Thick Whisper White cardstock.  The Flirty Flamingo panel was stamped using the splatter stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge set in Flirty Flamingo ink.(Side note: This is my go to stamp when I want to add a little something to the background so it doesn’t look so bare).  The saying was stamped using VersaMark and copper embossing powder to match the little copper splotches on the “diamond”.  The facets were attached using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The final touch a few Rhinestone Jewels!

DSCN0022 - revI have to give a shout out to my daughter Sarah, it was her idea for the diamond.  She is a Paper Pumpkin lover too!  I had kits sent to her monthly while she was away at college and she really looked forward to her monthly stamping time!  Now that she graduated in May and is back home, we go out in my stamp room and create together. Sharing Mother & Daughter time with her is something very special to me.


Here are all my creations this month!  There is still time to order your kit for August if you want to get in on the fun! You need to sign up by the 10th of the month in order to receive that months kit.  For more info click here!

Happy Stamping Everyone!


P.S.  Getting ready for my film debut! Pretty soon videos will be coming, check back soon!!

Extra supplies used for these projects:

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  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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Stamping in the great outdoors!!

100_0790I’m back from our family adventure in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York!  We had a really great time with lots of laughs. I was able to spend some time stamping while my husband, kids and the dog went swimming.  Of course my children that were with us are 30, 21 and 18, but in my mind they are forever little!  As you can see, the picnic table made a great spot for my stamping afternoon and using a Paper Pumpkin kit was a great idea!

100_0789I always start out by unpacking my kit so I can look over the exclusive stamps, pre-cut cardstock, all the accessories and read through the instructions.  I decided to use my May 2015 Paper Pumpkin, since everyone has a birthday!  This kit has everything you need to make six cards with matching envelopes and four adorable gift bags. You do need a pair of Paper Snips and adhesive like Fast Fuse.  I did bring my full size ink pads with me, but the kits come with cute little Stampin’ Spots, this one comes with Island Indigo.

100_0795This is the card, envelope and gift bag. They are so cute, perfect for any birthday celebration!  The stripes in the card are Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Whisper White and the back of the card is solid Island Indigo. The colors are so vibrant you can use it for any age or gender. The gift bag is a nice sturdy cardstock and comes with the yellow tissue paper for wrapping your gift.  The balloon cutouts let the bright yellow peek through! The instructions are easy to follow, perfect for any level stamper!

While I love everything that comes in the kits, I really get inspired once I start stamping and like to add a few extras to change things up a bit and see what I can come up with.  I used the card base, Calypso Coral balloon, white banner, coral and white trim, dimensionals and printed Bermuda Bay decorative strip included with the kit.  I added the following:

100_0796I started with a Calypso Coral card base, then I cut the card included with the kit in half, trimming the striped side down to 5 1/4″ x 4″ and the Island Indigo side to 4 3/4″ x  3 1/2″.  I mounted them to the card base as shown. I used the balloon cut-out and mounted it to the Island Indigo panel with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Using the Calypso Coral and White trim I glued it down using Multipurpose glue.  Using Calypso Coral Ink I stamped “Celebrate” on the pre-cut banner and mounted it on a piece of the decorative strip that I cut down and notched, framing the greeting. Then attached it to the balloon with dimensionals.

Now my creative juices are really flowing!!  Next up I used the card base, pre-cut white banner, Island Indigo Ink, the coral & white trim, dimensionals and one of the gift bags from the kit. To this I added:

100_0799I cut a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock 2″ x 4 1/2″, cutting the top with the Scalloped Tag Topper punch.  Then I trimmed 1 1/2″ from the top of a gift bag, making sure the entire flap was included.  Cut a small piece 1 3/4″ x 3 1/4″ from the flap. Mount to the tag as shown.  If the pre-punched holes from this section fall out you can do some clever covering up with the balloons and greeting!  Still using the trimmings from the top of the bag, I turned it over to the white side and stamped three balloons using Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral, cutting each one out.  Attach these to the tag and stamp the balloon strings using Island Indigo ink.  Cut a 9″ piece of the Calypso Coral and white trim and thread it through the top of the tag as shown, then mount the completed tag to the card base with dimensionals.  Stamp the greeting on the white banner using Island Indigo ink, attach to the tag using dimensionals.

Waste not..want not..make sure you keep the bottom portion of the gift bag!  Add four holes at the top using the 1/8″ circle handheld punch then add two handles using the Calypso Coral and white trim to make a little open bag, don’t forget to add the yellow tissue paper!

Here are the final projects!  It really was soooo relaxing to have a stamping afternoon surrounded by the quiet of the woods. When my family pulled up my husband commented on what a huge smile I had on my face!  Like I always say, stamping is one of the best ways to reduce stress, a little creativity a day keeps the doctor away!!


’til next time!


Have stamps…will travel!


Cedar River, Moose River Recreation Area, Adirondacks, NY

I am all ready for our annual family camping trip! Since sleeping in a tent, no shower and dare I say no restrooms for a week is not my thing, I am not a happy camper. But since my husband and my children love to camp I will go along but I do need some of the comforts of home, like a few bottles of wine and of course my stamps!

When we are camping my husband tries so hard to make it enjoyable for me, he does everything including all the cooking so I can just relax. And I can’t think of a better way to relax than by stamping away!! I have packed my bag full of stamping supplies, including several of my Paper Pumpkin card kits that I have saved for just this occasion!!  These kits are awesome for traveling, everything I need is wrapped up in one perfect little bundle; instructions, pre-cut cardstock, stamps, ink and embellishments!  All I need from my stash are my paper snips and adhesive. Right now, if you are a new subscriber and order Paper Pumpkin before September 10, 2015, you will get your first two months at half price! For more information visit my Stampin’Up! website.


When I get back next week I’ll share some of the projects I created while roughing it in the Adirondacks!

’til next time!