It was a Paper Pumpkin kind of day!

Thursday ended up being a Paper Pumpkin day, although it definitely didn’t start out that way!  I thought it was going to be a regular old boring Thursday until Luca woke up with a 102 degree temperature.  He ended up staying home from school, I ended up staying home from work, and since he slept most of the day, I got to catch up on using my September and October Paper Pumpkin kits!

The first thing I made was some whoopie pies for a bake sale this weekend.  I put them in cellophane bags and had twist ties that I could have used, but I wanted to dress them up a bit!  So I used the Jack O’ Lanterns and black twine from September’s kit!  Here’s a peek at what the full September kit makes:

Isn’t it cute?  So perfect for Halloween treats!

The second kit I used today was the October kit called Friends of a Feather.  Here’s a peek at what the full kit makes:

The kit makes eight cards total, four of the larger, brown cards that I made today, and four note card sized ones shown above.  I love the color combo in this kit!  Such pretty colors for Fall!

I put together my four cards as directed in the kit, but switched up a couple little things.  First, I used a Thank You sentiment from the Thankful Thoughts stamp set instead of the stamps that came with it.  I also pulled the metallic thread out of the baker’s twine before using it.  Here’s a close up the finished product, with its matching, lined envelope:

Here’s all four cards together:

And RIGHT NOW, select past Paper Pumpkin kits are on sale in the online store for 15% off, including September’s Halloween themed kit shown above!  But here’s the catch: in order to purchase past kits, you must be a current subscriber.  So here’s what you can do to get the past kits:

  1. Head on over to the Paper Pumpkin website and subscribe.  If you subscribe today, you will get the November kit which is sure to be amazing (the Christmas ones always are!)
  2. Once you are an active subscriber, head on over to the online store to purchase the past kits on sale!
  3. Try out your November kit and past kits to see if you love it (which you will!)  If for some reason you don’t, you can cancel your subscription at ANY TIME.  Just log on to the Paper Pumpkin website and cancel!

Why not give it a try?  To learn more about Paper Pumpkin and subscribe, please click HERE.  To see the past kits that are available in the online store, please click HERE.

Thanks for checking in today!  Happy Friday!

Nicolle

 

 

Holiday Catalog Team Swaps

Each time a new catalog comes out, our team does a swap, where we all make cards with new products and share with each other.  The team that I am part of is led by demonstrator Stella MacKay, and is called the Stampers for Others Team!  This year is the first year since becoming a demonstrator that I was not able to participate in the swap.  Between starting a new job, my son changing schools, and trying to finish getting our house built, I just didn’t have the time!  However, the cards made by my teammates are absolutely stunning!  I wanted to share them with you, in the hopes that they could provide some inspiration for your holiday crafting!  I will list the demonstrator’s name under each project so that if you have specific questions, you can look them up and ask.  (Or, feel free to contact me with your questions, and I can get the answers for you!)

 

Created by Stella MacKay

 

Created by Trayce Bauer

 

Created by Theresea Guy

 

Created by Sarah Wills

 

Created by Sarah Voelker

 

Created by Pamela Carey-Mackenzie

 

Created by Maureen Schlimgen

 

Created by Marjie Norte

 

Created by Lisa Sornson

 

Created by Laura Pineo

 

Created by Julisa Anais DiLone

 

Created by Jennifer Long Roshto

 

Created by Janet Dodson

 

Created by Emily Swanson

 

Created by Donna Ferguson

 

Created by Darla Watson

 

So there you have it!  Aren’t these cards gorgeous? I truly work with some very talented people!  🙂  Don’t forget that all of these cards feature NEW products from the Holiday Catalog!  Do you still need a copy?  Please contact me and I will get one out to you right away!

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

 

 

 

 

Please Consider Sending a Card to Enoch!

This past weekend, a teammate posted on our team Facebook page about a little boy who was asking for cards.  His name is Enoch, he is two years old, and he lives in Maine.  He was badly injured on October 4th under very tragic circumstances, and is in the hospital facing a very long recovery.  My card today was made just for him, and I will be sending it out in tomorrow’s mail.  If you would also like to send this sweet little boy a card, please send it to:

Enoch

c/o EMMC

489 State Street

Bangor, Maine 04402

If you would like to read more about Enoch’s story, you can do so HERE.  (Please be aware, however, that the pictures and info may be disturbing to some.  🙁  )

I hope that you will consider sending a card!  It would probably very much brighten Enoch’s day!

Thank you!

Nicolle

A Spooky Treat Made with the Toil and Trouble Suite

My project today uses multiple products from the Toil & Trouble Suite!  This Halloween themed suite contains lots of great products, including stamps, Designer Series Paper, embellishments, and more!  I also used a couple of other Halloween products that are not technically part of the suite, but still work great with it!

Last year, I found that TEN Hershey’s Miniature chocolate bars fit perfectly in our Clear Tiny Treat Boxes!  I had found some specially wrapped Halloween ones last year that were super cute, and although I looked at a number of stores this year, I haven’t been able to find them!  So my options were: either cover each piece with DSP, or wrap the box somehow to make it look nice!  I opted for choice 2.  So I took a piece of the Cauldron Bubble DSP and cut a 1-7/8 inch x 8 inch piece, then scored it every 1-15/16 of an inch.  I then folded it and made a square, added some adhesive to the remaining 1/4 inch or so, adhered it together so it would stay put, and slipped it into the inside of the box before filling it with the candy.  The assembled box measures 2 x 2 x 2 inches, so you definitely want to make your cuts and score lines just slightly smaller so that the paper fits in without being too snug!

Once the candy was in, I closed the box, wrapped it with Black Glittered Organdy Ribbon, added the tag and some Silver Mini Sequin Trim, then tied the ribbon in a bow.  My tag was made using the Labels to Love stamp set, Spooky Sweets Bundle, the Twinkle Builder Punch, and Twinkle Adhesive Backed Sequins.  Colors are Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, and Gorgeous Grape!

 

Measurements for this project are as follows:

Toil & Trouble DSP strip:  1-7/8 x 8 inches (scored every 1-15/16 inch)

Whisper White piece: 4-1/4 inches x 5-1/2 inches  (From this one piece, I was able to stamp everything I used on my tag.  That includes the tag itself, the bat, and the moon!)

Glittered Organdy Ribbon: about 24 inches (approximately)

Here’s a peek at how the candy is arranged inside the box (looking through the bottom of the box!)  I stood them on their ends to make sure they’re in there nice and neat!

I am really happy with how this little treat box came out!  The Tiny Treat Boxes are so versatile, and are the perfect size for many small gifts, including favors for showers, weddings, and other parties!  Just switch up the DSP and what you fill it with, and you’re good to go for almost any occasion!  🙂

Thanks so much for visiting today!  If you have any questions, please let me know!

Nicolle

 

It’s a Merry Monday with In the Woods Framelits!

It’s time for another Merry Monday project!  My card today features the In the Woods Framelits, the Feather & Frost stamp set, Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and Joyous Noel Glimmer Paper!

To make this card, I cut my layers, then used the large tree framelit to cut out the tree from the top layer.  I then adhered the green glimmer paper to the BACK of the top layer, so that the paper peeks through from underneath.  You can see the full set of framelits below:

(The framelits can be purchased separately, or as part of the Winter Woods Bundle, which also includes the Winter Woods stamp set!)  After cutting the tree from the top layer, I then stamped the sentiment in Merry Merlot ink, and ran the piece through the Big Shot using the Softly Falling embossing folder.  I also cut a star from Gold Glimmer Paper using the Twinkle Builder punch.  Once the card was assembled, I cut another tree using the smaller evergreen tree die.  What’s cool about this die is that it also cuts out small curved pieces throughout the finished piece, so that when layered with the larger tree, gives depth and texture to the tree!  Take a look at the pics below to see close ups of what the second tree layer adds to the finished tree:

    

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Thick Whisper White cardstock base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Merry Merlot card stock middle layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Whisper White top layer:  3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Green Joyous Noel Glimmer Paper:  3 x 3-1/2 inches

Gold Glimmer Paper star: 1/2 x 1/2 inch (approximate)

 

This card was fun to make, and I love the end result!  I decided not to embellish it further, as I felt that the glimmer paper and background embossing were enough.  But a few rhinestones or sequins would probably add a nice touch if you wanted to dress it up a bit more!

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your day!

Nicolle

 

A sneak peek at the 2018 Paper Pumpkin Christmas Kit!

The November Paper Pumpkin kit is bound to be a huge hit!  It’s Christmas themed, and comes in this special edition box in holiday colors!  Although I have not seen what’s inside, I DO know that the kit makes 10 Christmas cards (5 each of 2 different designs) and includes coordinating envelopes!

The colors for the November kit are as follows:

 

I honestly CANNOT WAIT to see what is in this kit!

If you would like to get the Christmas kit, you must subscribe to Paper Pumpkin by November 10th!  Sign up on the Paper Pumpkin website HERE.  Or, purchase a prepaid subscription in the online store and enter the code into the website by November 10th instead!  You can get to the Paper Pumpkin section of the online store HERE.

Stay tuned for more about the November kit as we get closer to November 10th!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

Nicolle

A Masculine Anniversary Card for my Hubby!

Yesterday, my husband and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary!  We have actually been together for twice that long, but we tied the knot in 2008.  He’s a pretty rugged, outdoorsy type, so I needed to make a card that reflected that.  We live in a very rural area with lots of wildlife, so I thought I would pull out my Dashing Deer Bundle and use it for his card!

The card features the Dashing Deer Bundle, as well as Wood Textures 6 x 6 inch Designer Series Paper.  The anniversary sentiment is from the Best Birds set and the trees behind the deer are from Winter Woods.  The flourishes in the corners are the antlers from the large deer stamp in the Dashing Deer set.  I heat embossed the sentiment in Gold Emboss Powder to give it some texture, but also give a bit of shimmer and shine to this card!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Early Espresso cardstock base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Sahara Sand backing layer:  2-3/4 x 3-1/4 inches

Very Vanilla top layer:  2-1/2 x 3 inches

DSP background layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

 

 

Other products used on this card include Linen Thread and Pearls colored with the Bronze Stampin’ Blends marker. You can get a complete project list below!

Thanks for visiting!

Nicolle

Check out these Gift Packaging Options!

Stampin’ Up! offers many great products perfect for creating custom packaging for small gifts!  Below is a sampling of some of the gift packaging products currently available:

Baker’s Boxes

 

Red Distressed Card Tin

 

Kraft Pillow Boxes

 

Santa’s Bags

 

Mini Pizza Boxes

 

Mini Gable Boxes

 

All of these (and more!) can be found in the Paper Basics & Packaging section of the online store!  You can see them all HERE.  They can also be found throughout the Holiday Catalog!

Thanks for visiting today!

Nicolle

My First Snowflake Showcase Project!

A few days ago, I mentioned a new product line called the Snowflake Showcase.  It is a limited time only line that will be available beginning November 1st.  The new line includes two stamp sets, a set of cutting dies, velvet paper,  and some gorgeous snowflake embellishments!  For my card today, I used two of the new products: the Snow is Glistening stamp set and the Snowfall Thinlits.  Here’s a peek at both:

For my card, I used the long die all the way to the right in the picture.  I cut two pieces from the Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper, and glued them to the top layer, which is Shimmery White cardstock.  I then cut two banners from Mint Macaron and Soft Sea Foam cardstock, and stamped the lighter one in VersaMark using a stamp from the stamp set shown above.  The sentiment is from the Merry Christmas to All stamp set and is heat embossed in Silver. I then cut out the sentiment piece using the Layering Circles Framelits and the Big Shot.

 

The card is finished with a piece of Silver 3/8 inch Metallic Edge Ribbon, as well as a few rhinestones.  There is a lot of shimmer and shine on this card!  🙂

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Mint Macaron cardstock base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Soft Sea Foam middle layer:  3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Shimmery White top layer:  3-3/4 x 5 inches

Mint Macaron banner:  1 x 4-1/4 inches

Soft Sea Foam banner:  1-1/4 x 4 inches

Shimmery White scalloped sentiment piece:  3-1/8 inches in diameter (approximate)

 

 

The Snowflake Showcase products will be available November 1st, and will be available until November 30th or while supplies last (whichever comes first!)  Please check back for more samples throughout the month using these great new products!

Thanks for checking in!

Nicolle

 

Keeping it Simple with Dandelion Wishes!

This weekend, I needed something quick and easy!  I was scrolling through PInterest and saw the above color combo and thought the colors looked really great together.  I also scrolled through my new stamp sets and realized that I had not yet used my Dandelion Wishes set, so I decided to go ahead and use it for this card!  This card has an incredibly simple layout, which makes it perfect for beginning crafters, or for someone who needs something quickly (like me)!

For this card, I used Coastal Cabana, Basic Gray, and Whisper White as my colors.  I used VersaMark ink to stamp the flowers and sentiment, and then heat embossed them both in white embossing powder.  I added an iridescent sequin to the center of each flower, and applied the sentiment piece with dimensionals to make it pop a bit!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Thick Whisper White cardstock base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches

Coastal Cabana layer:  3 x 5 inches

Basic Gray sentiment piece:  1-1/4 x 3-1/2 inches

 

This card is definitely simpler than what I usually make, but sometimes there’s just not enough time to make something more detailed!  I really love the simplicity of this card!  It would definitely still brighten someone’s day!  🙂

Thanks for visiting!

Nicolle