Thursday, March 15, 2018

Easter Projects

Hi Everyone! I was off to the sunny Bahamas (the photos is my breakfast view each morning) and I had scheduled some posts to go up while I as gone.  It looks like most of them when up on my Facebook page, but not so much here on the blog. I must have done something wrong. Ah well, I was relaxing and so I will keep that relaxed attitude now that I am home and not stress about it!  Here are the projects that were supposed to go up.  Perhaps they will give you some Easter inspiration!

First up is the Easter Egg card. I have made several of these over the years with various Easter stamp sets.  This one uses the current 'Hello Easter' set. 

Inside is this cute little Easter Bunny and your greeting.  Inside white piece comes out of the pocket and you can write your message and sign it at the bottom.

Video how to for this card uses a set from last year, but the idea is the same and the measurements and how you put it together are the same.

Next up is this fun card that makes me think of a Hollow Easter Egg.  You could switch up the stamp sets for this one as well so that you can use the Hello Easter set or the 'A Good Day' set.

And lastly, one of my favorite paper baskets, the 2, 4, 6 basket.  Easy to make and so pretty!  Fill it with some Easter treats for someone you love!

Don't forget, we are in the final days of Sale-a-Bration!! Contact me with any questions or for help placing an order.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Celebrating 5 years of paper crafting fun!

Hi everyone!  Can you believe Paper Pumpkin is 5 years old already?  Time sure flies!  To celebrate 5 years, Stampin' Up! is putting a Free Gift in every box this month! Sign up by March 10th to get this kit.
If you pre-pay for a 3 month subscription, you even get to choose a Free Sale-a-Bration item! Pre-Pay for a 6 month subscription and get 2 Free Sale-a-Bration items. 
When you are a subscriber you get access to refills of past kits, a Facebook Page filled with alternative ways to use the kit and stamps, and a Pinterest Board filled with ideas for the kits as well.
Click the shop button to sign up.
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

My first attempt at the Stamparatus

Hi everyone! Well, my Stamparatus is in the house and I thought I would share a video to show you how it's going.  I have never used a tool like this before, so I think it will take some time to get used to but I can see where it will be helpful with certain stamp sets and with classes or Card Buffets, or when Christmas comes around and I am making multiples of the same card. 
I intended the video to be quick, but's its not. I didn't want to edit out anything because I wanted it to be an actual trial so you can see it all, where I made mistakes, how I fixed them and what all the Stamparatus can do.  I hope that you find the video informative.
The Stamparatus will be available to customers in the new catalog that comes out in June or who knows, if they get more stock in, they may do a pre-release again, which is how I got mine.

I want to plug joining Stampin Up! again real quick before you watch the video, because when the new catalog comes out in June, you can buy it and all the new products from yourself, at a discount, some early releases in May and its just an all around great time to do it!  You'll be one of the first to know what's coming, what's on special and get all the deals.  During Sale-a-Bration you get the starter kit (ANY $125 worth of products for just $99 and FREE SHIPPING) Plus you get two extra any price stamp sets free!  There is only a  month of Sale-a-Bration left, and you'll want to join during Sale-A-Bration because you can get a first demo order in if you want to, so you can get your discount and the free Sale-a-Bration items. You know how you need to spend $50 to get a Free Sale-a-Bration item? Well, with your discount that is only $40 and so on goes the savings.  You don't need to sell or 'Demonstrate'  you can be what we call a "Happy Stamper" or a "Smart Shopper" or a "Hobby Stamper".  Contact me if you have any questions.  or watch my join video, located under my blog header.

Now, onto my first attempts at the Stamparatus. 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Lift the flap card

Hi Everyone!  Have you seen the new  stamp set 'Dad Jokes'? I thought it was super cute and I haven't seen a lot of samples so I thought I would throw one out there. 
I  used the joke about the pizza.  My daughter learned this joke in Kindergarten and told it to us over and over again for days, maybe weeks.  It comes up every now and then.  It says "I would tell you a joke about pizza, but its a little cheesy".  It's also good for our family because I will occasionally say that something is cheesy and my husband, when we first met, had never heard people say that.  He is not from the Chicago area, he is from Des Moines.  It's funny how some phrases are only in spotted areas across the country.  My niece was at the zoo with me once and said she wanted to find the "bubbler" and I thought it was some sort of animal but it turned out she was looking for the drinking fountain.  Anyway, back to the card :)

 I wanted it to be a lift the flap card because I thought that worked best for a joke so I came up with this design.  I used my Layering Squares Framelit dies to make the flap.  It's really pretty simple and I made a video to show you how to do it. 

Now the stamp set says that it is for Dads, but you can easily use it for other people in your life.  I think kids like jokes and that this would be a fun stamp set for young boys.  If you use a marker to ink up the sentiment 'Happy Birthday, Dad' you could just ink the happy birthday and you are good to go.

 I love the little pizza too! I used my blender pens and ink pads to color it in.  Blender pens allow you to get a softer look with the ink and you can do a little blending to make the crust or cheese look more like crust or cheese :)
You can see that on the video as well. 

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Guest Tutorial Writer

Hi Everyone! I am super happy to be a guest tutorial writer at  I have loved this site for about 13 years and use their tutorials and gallery all the time for inspiration, so being a part of it is just a thrill.
I was asked to share the Dappled Sky Technique.  This is a fun and EASY watercolor background that gives you really fun results.   This is the card I did for my tutorial.  I hope that you will check it out, and maybe give me some love in the comments 'cause it's my first guest spot and maybe they'll invite me back :)  Check it out by clicking the link.

And here are some other samples I made with this technique!
 This is one I made this past Christmas. Instead of using the whole background, I punched out a circle for a fun winter scene.
 When I made this background it said space to me.  So I made a moon to go along with it.  I made the moon by punching a circle out of watercolor paper, then getting it wet with a little Smokey Slate.  Next I flicked more Smokey Slate on top for the fun moon caters and texture.

 The Weather Together set is perfect for this technique.

 On this one I just made a small strip of the technique in Cherry Cobbler and Crushed Curry and then cut it out with the Tail from the Fox Builder Punch.
 On this one I used Pear Pizzazz and Pool Party and used it as water.
And on this last version I used Tranquil Tide for the background, then flicked  Fresh Fig and Lemon Lime Twist on top.

Let me know what you think!
I have another older video on my YouTube Channel that shows this technique on even more samples.  you can see it here...

Don't forget, Sale-a-Bration is going on now.  This is a great time to get those colors you don't have or some Ink Refills.  Stock up on Cardstock or get some coloring tools like the Aqua Painter and try out a new technique.  Get a FREE Sale-a-Bration product with ever $50 you spend, or a level 2 product with a $100 order.  Get even more the more you spend.  Download the Sale-a-Bration catalog on the right side of my blog. Contact me with any questions!

Some great stamp sets to get right now are...
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Ombre Background with the sponge brayer

Hi everyone! Today I am playing around with the new paper from the second release of Sale-a-Bration, Springtime Foils.  I just love how this paper works great with many coloring techniques. Springtime foils is great on its own, but really packs a punch when you add some color.  It is a heavier glossy cardstock with added patterns, some with gold foil, some silver, some rose gold and some with a combination of them.
 I got out my sponge brayer to add this fun Ombre background, and it's really simple to do.

                                                             Check out this quick video.

The sponge brayer is $8 and comes with two handles and four sponges.   They rinse clean under water too, so you will get a lot of use out of them and can use them with all your colors.  This technique tends to work best on glossy paper. 

I also used the Petal Palette bundle for my card and I really think it is a great stamp set to add to your collection.  The set is large with many sentiments to cover many occasions, and you also get those pretty images! The dies are pretty amazing too and there are dies for the stamps, but also a variety of dies to use as accents.  I show them up close in my video.
 During Sale-a-Bration you get to choose a FREE item from the Sale-a-Bration catalog with a $50 order, so its a good time to buy those pricier items that you've had on your wish list.  And when you spend $100 you get more, and so on.  You can see the whole Sale-a-Bration offering by clicking here.

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