Last night I received the December 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit in the mail and I have to tell you, I was so excited about it, I cancelled my plans for an early bed time and put it together immediately. Sleep is over rated when you have cute cards to make! Just look at these wonderful shaker cards! I love how the cut out’s are the same font as the stamps.
That’s not all that came in the kit this month! For Christmas, Stampin’ Up! has sent every Paper Pumpkin subscriber a free gift! Our gift is the Essentials Paper Piercing Pack:
Here’s what’s in the December 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit:
- 9 Smoky Slate card bases with white interior
- 5 sheets of pre-cut shaker stars with 42 stars each in Smokey Slate, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush and Bermuda Bay (210 total stars)
- Small bag of sequins (Roughly 200 sequins in Bermuda Bay, Smokey Slate and Pistachio Pudding)
- 9 Window sheets
- 9 photo frame cutouts
- 9 greeting stickers (3 each in Hello, Happy Birthday and Thank You)
- 40 dimensional strips
- Smokey Slate Stampin’ Spot
Here are some additional closeups of the cards:
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A new catalog is on the horizon. I’m hard at work creating lots of cards with the new kits and can’t wait to show you everything. Until then, here’s a card that I made using the new Balloon Bash photopolymer stamp set and coordinating Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper:
Good morning stampers! Today’s the monthly Fun N Crafty Blog hop! Thanks for visiting! My project today focuses on the July 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit and how to add an insert into the box so it can hold a tea light candle holder without flying around the inside of the box.
It’s such a simple addition but it helps to avoid that candle sliding around inside the box. Since it’s easier than working in fractions of an inch, we’re going to be using metric for our measurements. Here’s what you’re going to need:
How to make the candle holder to fit the July 2014 Paper Pumpkin boxes
Score all four sides of the white card stock at 2.5cm. Cut the square from each corner so you have a + shaped piece of card stock. Using your punch or framelit, cut a circle in the middle of the large square. Fold all four rectangles in the same direction. Insert the Blackberry Bliss piece into the bottom of the box then insert the whisper white candle holder into the box, using the folded down pieces as legs for the candle holder.
That’s it! I used some pieces from the rest of the kit to make the tag on the top. I also used the Petite Petals Punch and the small flower from the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack to hide the hole in the tag. The rhinestones were colored with the medium tone Daffodil Delight Blendabillities marker. The white ribbon is from the Paper Pumpkin kit. I wrapped it around the box and held it on with some Sticky Strip. The Blackberry Bliss stitched satin ribbon was added for some extra color. I also wrapped a piece around the candle holder itself.
The card was made with everything in the July Paper Pumpkin kit with the exception of the punched stars along the bottom. That was made with the new Confetti Stars Punch. I also found that the Tombow multipurpose liquid glue was a life saver here! The silver stars weren’t sticky on the back and they are a little too thin for SNAIL adhesive.
Well that’s all there is too it! This project took me about 15 minutes to crank out. That’s what I love about Paper Pumpkin! Each project comes right to my door and I can usually put them together in less than 30 minutes. What a great way to be creative monthly. If you feel like you just don’t have enough time to be creative, you should try Paper Pumpkin!
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Free designers series paper for six months!
Have you been thinking about joining my Stampin’ Up team? There’s no better time to join than this month! Now through the end of the month, when you join Stampin’ Up, you will receive a free pack of Designer Series Paper each month for the next six months! Here are some of the other perks you will receive when you join:
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Puget Sound Card Making Meetup Group
If you’re in the Redmond/Woodinville/Bothell area and are looking for a group of people to craft with, you should check out my Meetup group! Each week there are two events that you can catch. We’ve got some awesome classes coming up in October, including one this Saturday to celebrate World Card Making Day!
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Super Bee and My Craft Room
My daughter is continuing to improve and I’d say she’s about 99% back to health. We’re having her tested for asthma this week since it seems likely that she could have it. She’s happy to be back in school though and even earned a super bee last week for “bee-having” in school.
In other news, I feel like we’re finally moved in! There are still a couple of boxes that haven’t been unpacked but my craft room is up and completely functional!
I found this cute white table at Value Village last week — which is just perfect for this space! Aside from my kids getting a little crayon on the top (c’est la vie) this thing is in pretty awesome shape! I’m going to sand it and paint a chevron pattern on it in Bermuda Bay and Smoky Slate. The legs will be black. I’m not sure what the chairs will look like yet. I’ll have to evaluate that once I see how much paint is left over from the table top.
In July I had the opportunity to go to my first Stampin’ Up! convention and I have to tell you that I’m still excited about it! Between all of the great discussions, swaps, display boards and new product sneak peeks, I’ve probably got enough creativity to last me at least the next six months!
This post will be a first in a series all about Convention 2014. I’ve got so many photos to share with all of you but today I’ll focus on some of the make-and-takes that we got to make during the workshops. Without further ado, here’s part 1 of the Stampin’ Up Convention Recap:
These Cards are “Kinda Eclectic”
The first workshop we attended focused on the Kinda Eclectic stamp set that we received for free. Now I have to be honest, I’m wasn’t a huge fan of this stamp set when I saw it in the catalog. I like the butterflies and I like the greeting but the rest of it… I had no idea how to put it all together to come out with something amazing. Thankfully someone did all of the thinking for me!
Both of these cards are so easy to re-create at home! The first one is the simplified version and the second one has been stepped-up a bit. The only difference between the two of them is the background, added Linen Thread, a Hodgepodge Clip and a small butterfly cut in vellum. The ink colors used were Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey and Tangelo Twist.
That background is so snazzy, I just might have to use the technique in another project! The technique is simple: ink the raised side of an embossing folder. Set your sheet on the opposite side of the folder and press the inked side down onto the blank sheet. You can use as little or as much pressure as you want and get a different effect each time!
Here are some more Kinda Eclectic samples that I found on the display boards:
This Takeout Box is Yummy
You get a sneak peek of four awesome products from the holiday catalog in this one project! The first is the new Takeout Boxes. Wrapped around the box is the new Festive Designer Kraft Paper. You’ll get two rolls of that in two different designs (three if you count the blank backside). Also new in the catalog are the Autumn Wooden Elements which feature three different types of leaves in both a cutout (as shown here) and solid piece.
Last, and you’ve probably already seen this floating around on Pinterest, is the Seasonally Scattered stamp set. The two-tone effect you see here was created by first inking the stamp in Hello Honey and then using a sponge dauber to apply Tangelo Twist ink in the very center of the stamp.
Here are some more examples of Seasonally Scattered Projects from the display boards:
This Amazing Birthday Stamp Set is Amazingly Cute!
Have you seen the new Gift Card Enclosure pack from the new annual catalog? I glossed right over them — that is, until I got to make this cute little note card holder! This was super simple to put together but the box itself took a little finesse.
The greetings are all from the new Amazing Birthday set. The small star is from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack and the large star is from the Stars Framelits. Isn’t this just the cutest! This is my favorite freebie from convention by far! There are so many different things you can do with the Amazing Birthday set.
Here are some more ideas using the Amazing Birthday set from the display boards:
That’s all for now! Be sure to follow me on Instagram for daily inspiration. See you next time!
Loss and gain
I meant to publish this yesterday but it’s been a whirlwind of a week. Between my job, jury duty, packing, crafting, filming for YouTube, sick kids and my grandfathers passing, it’s only by the grace of God that I still have the strength to get things done. We get to go to the new house tomorrow and do the walk-through inspection. After that, we’ll be able to start moving almost immediately. My husband is aiming for a complete move-in by this weekend. I’m still processing the fact that we’re moving. I felt sad for my kids because they have a lot of friends in this apartment community where we live. They also get free reign of the courtyard, which is conveniently right outside our back door. Moving to the new house means that they will lose their back yard until we can exterminate over an acre of blackberry bushes. Mostly, I’m sad that they won’t have the social time with all of their friends daily. But I have to remember that people continually come and go in our lives and no one can remain forever, as much as we would like them to. Grandfathers included.
Hello friends! I’m excited to tell you that I’ve officially debuted on YouTube with my very first video that teaches you how to create a custom gift box using the new gift box punch board by Stampin’ Up!
Creating a custom gift box is very easy and takes a matter of minutes. You can create a range of gift box sizes using the gift box punch board. The punch board works best with thicker paper to ensure your gift box is sturdy and doesn’t tear during construction.
If you’re curious about how it works, check out my video below! You’ll also get a sneak peek of the new All is Calm Suite by Stampin’ Up! which features some beautiful designer paper and some way-too-cute snowflake trinkets. Be sure to subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss my videos when they’re released!
Hello Friends! Have you ever wondered how you can make your own stamps? Did you know that I have a solution for that? The Undefined kit by Stampin’ Up! lets you carve your own stamps and mount them onto a block of wood (or foam if you prefer clear mount stamps). The only thing that limits you is your imagination!
Growing up, I had a Nintendo and I played the heck out of that thing. I had only two games for it-the original Mario Bros with Duck Hunt and Super Mario Bros 3, which was (and still is) my favorite game. About half way through the game, you get access to what they call the Tanooki suit, which lets Mario fly and turn into a statue on a whim so he can hide from bad dudes. It is probably my favorite suit in the whole game. Fun fact: My least favorite suit was the frog suit. I just could not get that suit to cooperate with my button mashing. It did save my neck a time or two in land three but I digress.
So the first thing I did when I received my Undefined kit in the mail was carve this Tanooki Mario stamp! I did a quick Google search and found this perfect outline of Tanooki Mario on Deviantart:
I’m pretty happy with the way that it came out but I learned a couple of things while doing it.
First, what’s the difference between using linoleum and Undefined? Linoleum is a bit harder to carve, in my opinion. The rubber block you receive with Undefined is supple and easy to carve into. The carving tools that come with the kit are super sharp and slice right through the rubber like a hot knife through butter. I like the carving tools much better than the ones I got from Dick Blick back when I was making linocut prints in college. Also, be sure to have a box of bandages in your house in case you slip and knick your fingers! I managed to escape unscathed this time but I imagine I wouldn’t feel a thing because the carving tools are so sharp!
I also learned that details are important to do first. I saved Mario’s face for last and almost cut off some of the really important details with the slip of my hand. Details should be done first because the rubber bends a little more than linoleum and thus it’s less forgiving. I managed to make it through but if I had to carve this all over again, I’d start on the face and work my way out. Here’s my stamp mid-way through carving:
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Quite honestly, I haven’t used this stamp to make a card yet. But as I sit here typing this, I’ve got so many ideas that I wish I could hop off this bus (yes, I blog from the bus) and go play with stamps.
Until next time!