Taking inspiration from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog

Sometimes, the best place to look for inspiration is the Stampin’ Up! catalog!  Not only do the catalogs beautifully showcase all of the great products that Stampin’ Up! sells, but there are also loads of full color samples throughout to show many ways the products can be used!  The card in this post was inspired by a sample on page 36 of the Holiday Catalog.  I loved the sample as it is shown in the catalog, but wanted to change it up and make it with the more traditional Christmas colors of red and green. (Or in this case, Real Red and Garden Green!)

Here is the original card as it is shown in the catalog:

I really love the layout and design of this card, so I wanted to keep my final version as close to the original as possible.  I simply substituted a different paper and greeting, and added some extra sequins for a little more bling!  For my version, I used paper from the Quilted Christmas 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper and an alternate greeting from the Cheers to the Year stamp set (which is the same set that was used on the sample in the catalog). I kept the large snowflake background, which was made with the Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, as well as the Silver Mini Sequin Trim.  The extra sequins I added are from the Metallics Sequins Assortment.  I’m very pleased with how it came out!

You can find all of the supplies used to make this card below:

gerbera daisy Thankful for You Card

I love the combination of Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, and Very Vanilla together!  This card uses these three colors, as well as Always Artichoke! The Daisy Punch was used to make this deep colored Gerbera Daisy, and the leaves were made using cutting dies from both the Rose Garden Thinlits and the Bouquet Bunch Framelits. To get the fullness on the daisy, I stamped and punched the daisy twice, then layered one on top of the other. The background is embossed with the Polka Dot Basics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, which gives this card just a little added detail, and the sentiment is from the Painted Harvest stamp set!

Here’s a list of the different inks I used, and where I used them:

Versamark ink was used on the daisy itself.
Basic Black Archival ink was used on the sentiment.
Soft Suede ink was used on the center of the daisy.

Hope you like it!

You can find all of the supplies used to make this project below:

Pick Your Potion Halloween Card

Halloween cards are so much fun to make!  This one was features Spooky Night Designer Series Paper and the Festive Phrases stamp set.  This great stamp set includes four large stamps for multiple holidays including Halloween, Christmas, and even Valentine’s Day!  It would definitely make a great addition to your holiday stamp collection!

Other items featured on this card include Layering Circles Framelits and 3/8 Inch Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon. Colors are Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Basic Black, and Very Vanilla!

You can find all of the supplies used to make this card below:

Soft Sayings Card Kit

With all of the excitement surrounding the Holiday Catalog, it’s easy to forget about the Annual Catalog for awhile! But there are still plenty of birthdays and other everyday occasions that need to be celebrated during the holiday season as well!  Always have a card on hand for these occasions when you have the Soft Sayings Card Kit. This kit makes 20 beautiful everyday occasion cards (2 each of 10 different designs) including birthday, thank you, friendship, and more!

The colors on these cards are stunning!  I love the combination of greens, yellows, pinks, and more on the softly watercolored backgrounds.  The kit includes everything you need to complete the cards (with the exception of scissors and adhesive).  To complete this kit, I recommend using glue dots, snail, and/or multipurpose glue.

The kit also includes 20 mix and match envelopes, watercolored to match the cards.  And the cards are fast and easy to assemble.  Full color instructions are included, so even if you are new to cardmaking, you can still easily complete this kit!

Need more than 20 cards? There’s a refill available! The refill includes everything in the full kit, except the stamps, ink, block, and box. For more information on this beautiful kit, please click here.

Two months of perfectly coordinated Paper Pumpkin kits!

Here’s a first!  Paper Pumpkin is releasing kits in October AND November that perfectly coordinate with each other!  You won’t want to miss out, especially if you love holiday crafting!  Subscribe by October 10th to get the first kit, complete with everything you need to make a festive holiday project, perfect for holiday giving.  This is a GREAT time to give Paper Pumpkin a try!

HOW TO SUBSCRIBE

There are two ways to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin:

1. Sign up for a monthly subscription where you pay as you go for ONLY $19.95 A MONTH (SHIPPING INCLUDED.)  Click here to become a month to month subscriber by October 10th to get the first of the coordinated kits!

OR

2. Purchase a prepaid subscription, which allows you to pay ahead or give as a gift! After you purchase a prepaid subscription, you will receive a code to redeem at www.paperpumpkin.com to set up your subscription and start receiving your kits.  This code MUST be entered by October 10th in order to receive the first of the two coordinated kits!  Click here to visit the Paper Pumpkin page in the Stampin’ Up! online store.

Want more information, or would you like to see examples of past kits?  Please visit www.paperpumpkin.com to do so.   And please feel free to contact me with questions!

mini gift box made with the envelope punch board

This itty, bitty gift box was made using the Envelope Punch Board!  I never would have thought to use that board to make a BOX, but it was super easy, and you can adjust the size of the paper and score lines to make all different sizes!  This one is 2-3/8 x 2-3/8 x 1-3/8 inches in size, and is the absolute perfect size for party favors.  While I am not set up to do videos of my own just yet, there are many, many videos already out there that you can watch to learn how to do this if you’d like to make your own. Simply Google “Gift Box with Envelope Punch Board” and a bunch of different videos will pop up. You can easily make these for any occasion, simply by changing the paper!

To make this particular box, I started with a 6 x 6 inch square of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. I used the Envelope Punch Board to punch and score at both 2 and 4 inches all the way around the square.  Once that was done, I rounded all the corners using the reverse punch, which can be found right at the top of the board.  I then folded the paper on all of the score lines. There are a couple of places that you need to cut with scissors in order to fold the box correctly (this is where a video definitely helps!) Once the score lines were folded, I applied some Fast Fuse adhesive to keep the box together. Before closing it up, I put in a few Hershey Kisses, and then just folded the top flaps down and added a bit of adhesive to keep it closed. I wanted to keep the top of this box flat in order to wrap the ribbon around and use the mini bow on top, but there are many other ways to finish them instead. For instance, in the video I watched, small holes were punched in each flap that had ribbon threaded through. The ribbon was then tied a bow. Definitely check out Pinterest and/or Google for lots of examples of how these little boxes can be finished, and what they can be used for!

Other items used to finish this box include the Leaf Punch, Wood Words Bundle (for the sentiment and tag), and Silver Mini Sequin Trim.

You can find all of the supplies used to make this project below:

Copper Foil Wedding Card with Flourish Thinlits

Weddings usually call for something a little more elegant than your average, everyday card.  There are a few different ways that you can step up the wow factor, while still keeping things simple!  For this card, I used a combination of Shimmery White Cardstock, Copper Foil Sheets, and glittery Embossing Paste to make this card more elegant!

First, I used Shimmery White Cardstock to make both the card base and top layer of this card. Next, I mixed some Dazzling Diamonds glitter into a small amount of Embossing Paste and applied to the top layer using Palette Knives and the Pattern Party Decorative Masks. The Embossing Paste does takes a bit of time to dry, so I set the top layer aside while I worked on the rest of the card.

I used my Big Shot and Flourish Thinlits to cut the large flourish from Copper Foil Sheets.  I stamped the “Side by Side” sentiment, which is from the Beautiful Bouquet Photopolymer stamp set, in Basic Black Archival Ink, just below the bottom edge of the Embossing Paste. I adhered the flourish using Multipurpose Glue. Once the top layer was fully completed, I adhered it to the base using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Using the Dimensionals gives the card added detail to step it up a bit a more!

You can find all of the supplies used to make this card below:

please join me for world cardmaking day 2017!

World Cardmaking Day is October 7th!  I will be hosting a cardmaking event in Johnston, RI on that day, and I would LOVE for you to join me!  Please contact me for the address and directions, and I will get them to you ASAP. I also have some suggestions for those who may not be able to attend, or are out of state.  Please see below for all the details!

Local Event Details

For my local friends, I will be hosting an event on October 7th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in Johnston, RI. This will be a very laid back, casual, drop in event! I will have ten different cards for you to choose from, and all cards will be $3 each. It will be an a la carte event: simply stop in, stay as long as you want, and make as many cards as you wish! There is no upfront fee…just pay for the cards you make, whether you make one or all ten! ALL supplies, including envelopes, are included, so no need to bring anything but yourselves! I will have a variety of cards available including everyday occasions, as well as some Holiday ones. (If you are planning to attend, and have any special requests, let me know, and I will see what I can put together for you!) There will also be refreshments, fun, and lots of laughs! Please RSVP by October 1st if you plan to attend so I know how many to plan for. And please feel free to invite friends!

Suggestions for Those Who Cannot Attend in Person

If you are too far away from RI, or are local, but are unable to attend on the 7th, here are a few options to consider if you would like to make some cards on your own:

Oh Happy Day Card Kit: 

Here’s a bright, fun, all occasion option for those who can’t make it on the 7th! The Oh Happy Day Card Kit makes 20 All Occasion cards, and includes everything you need to make them (except scissors and adhesive). It includes the stamps, ink, and a block for the stamps, so even if you are new to stamping, you are still good to go! Full color instructions are included. This kit sells for $35 in my online store. (That works out to only $1.75 per card!) For more details, or to order this kit, please click here.

Soft Sayings Card Kit:

Another kit option includes the Soft Sayings Card Kit. This kit also makes 20 All Occasion cards. With this kit, you get to make two each of ten different cards! Again, it includes everything you need (except scissors and adhesive). Full color instructions included. This kit also sells for $35, and can be found in my online store. Please click here to view all the details regarding this kit, or to order!

Watercolor Christmas Project Kit:

Want to get started on your Christmas cards instead? This kit makes 20 cards, 5 each of the 4 designs shown here. However, this kit does not include stamps. The Watercolor Christmas stamp set needs to be purchased separately in order to complete the cards as shown. The total for both is $38 (if you order the clear mount stamp set.) The stamp set is $18 and the kit is $20. Anyone who chooses this option and purchases this kit and stamp set, will receive a clear block and Basic Black mini ink pad from me separately! That way you will have everything you need (again, except adhesive and scissors) to complete these cards, without having to spend too much extra! For information on the Watercolor Christmas Project kit, please click here. For information on the coordinating stamp set, please click here.

I will also have these kits available at my local event on October 7th for anyone who wants to check them out!

A side note on kits: If you are considering ordering one of the kits shown above, why not invite a friend or two over, split the cost, and have your own mini event? Just an idea! 🙂

I hope you will all consider joining me, whether in person or on your own for World Cardmaking Day! I will post some reminders here and on my Facebook page as we get closer, as well as in my October newsletter, which will go out in a couple of weeks! (Please click on the “Newsletter” link above to sign up!)

In the meantime, if you have any questions or need anything, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Here are the kits once more, as well as some additional suggested products to complete them:

Thinking of You with Count My Blessings Stamp Set

Who says you need to use traditional Fall colors with Fall themed sets?  This card was made using the Count My Blessings stamp set, the Pick a Pumpkin Bundle, and one itty, bitty die from the Bouquet Bunch Framelits!  An Aquapainter was used to make the watercolored background on Watercolor Paper using Island Indigo ink.  I then stamped the Thinking of You sentiment in Night of Navy, and ran it through the Big Shot using the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies.  I cut out the different leaves using dies from both the Patterned Pumpkins dies (which are part of the Pick a Pumpkin bundle, but can also be purchased separately) and the Bouquet Bunch Framelits.  (It’s hard to tell, but the dark blue leaves are also stamped with a stamp from the Pick a Pumpkin stamp set!)  I then assembled the card, adhered the sentiment piece with Dimensionals for a little extra detail, and embellished with a few pearls. Colors are Island Indigo, Sahara Sand, Night of Navy, Pear Pizzazz, and Whisper White!

You can find all of the supplies used to make this project below:

Halloween Treat Gift Jar

Here’s a quick and easy gift idea for someone special!  Simply fill a pint sized mason jar with Hershey Kisses (these are the caramel filled ones – YUM!), make a cute tag, and attach to the jar with pretty ribbon!  This tag was made using the new Spooky Night Designer Series Paper. I cut a two inch strip and punched the tag top with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. I then stamped the Jack O’ Lantern image with a stamp from the Seasonal Chums stamp set using Basic Black Archival Ink. Once dry, I watercolored the image using an Aquapainter and Classic Stampin’ Pads (please see below for the colors I used!) Once that was dry, I punched it using the 2 Inch Circle Punch and layered it on the tag over a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock, which I punched using the Everyday Label Punch. The sentiment was also stamped in Basic Black and punched with the Classic Label Punch. This gift can also be made for any other occasion simply by switching the stamps, paper, sentiments, and of course, the CANDY! 🙂

You can find all of the supplies used to make this project below: