Tuesday, August 16, 2016


My customers should be holding this amazing 55- page catalog in their hands very soon. I am so anxious to hear what your favorites are.  I know, personally, I had a hard time reigning in my spending - for the first go 'round. I'll be ordering more in the coming weeks. For now, I focused on what I wanted to work with immediately.

I apologize beforehand for the stickers on my cases and the way the dies are displayed. With my cataloging in place, I wanted to make sure these got cataloged before getting put away. I feared once they were put away I'd never get them cataloged. But this also shows how I store my dies. If they belong with a stamp set, the sheet is stored inside the case with the stamps.  (I will post my storage how-to soon)

So here we go...

First up, Halloween! My absolute favorite holiday. Let's start with the pretties.

12x12 Halloween Night Designer Series Paper, Baker Twine and Enamel Dots. 

The bakers twine is sold as a set. All but two of the papers are reversible so you are seeing every pattern in the pack. The two that are not reversible are the Spider Web and the Starry Sky (they are actually dots - 5th from left)

Ghoulish Grunge (rubber)

I love the textures of these and look forward to accenting cards as well as mixed media pieces.

Spooky Fun (Photopolymer)

So many possibilities with this set. And there is a coordinating Halloween Scenes Edgelits Dies

Spooky Fun is available at a great Bundle price!

Cardstock COLORS you'll want to have on hand to work with the Halloween Night Suite:


And.... Christmas is right around the corner! You'll want these items and more to make your holiday extra-special:

12x12 Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper 
and Red Glitter embossing powder

Every sheet in this Designer Series Pack is reversable. Here you see each print. I love these papers! And wait til you see the possibilities with the red glitter embossing powder!

Cookie Cutter Christmas (Photopolymer)

I think this set is positively adorable! That image in the bottom left? Add the facial stamps (included) for a fun Teddy Bear! But wait.. there's more....

Cookie Cutter Builder Punch

This lets you punch out all of the large images, including the Reindeer! How fun! But wait, there's more! There is a Halloween set this punch also coordinates with. Oh yeah...

Jolly Friends (Photopolymer)

At first, I wasn't sure I'd like this set, but then a friend of mine showed me the Selfie tutorial on SplitcoastStampers and I just knew Santa or his elf needed to be traveling the world in the weeks leading up to Christmas, checking their Naughty or Nice list!

And to make life a little easier....

Jolly Friends Builder Punch 

And one more Builder Punch Bundle to share....

Holly Berry Happiness (Photopolymer)

Holly Berry Happiness Builder Punch

With all these Bundle Alerts, you can see why my order was pretty hefty. LOL But there were still more I could not pass up! While these images are all fun on their own, everyone needs a words of cheer!

Tin of Tags (Photopolymer)

This is a fabulous set for adding that little something extra to your gift tags. If you want to really make your tags special, there is a Tin of Tags Project Kit. Everything you need to make 30 tags, including pre-tied bows and pre-made tassles! Plus a tin to keep them in until you're ready to use them.

Speaking of tags...

Merry Tags Framelits Dies

This set of dies coordinates with the Merriest Wishes (rubber) stamp set. I was already pushing my spending limit and had to cut somewhere. But I can tell you, if you like the Falling Snow embossing folder from last season's catalog, you will like the stamp set.  BUNDLE ALERT!

Hello December 2016 Project Life

I'm finally going to start the Project Life albums for my granddaughters. But, if you are not in to Project Life/ Scrapbooking, I have something in the works that you can put these to use. The top row are all identical except for the color. How would you use these?

And finally, This is one of my all-time favorite sets in the Holiday Catalog. 

Christmas Magic.

This set is absolutely beautiful. If snowmen and trains are not your thing... Father Christmas makes an appearance in an equally beautiful set of his own. 

Cardstock COLORS you'll want to have on hand:

REAL RED (this is available in 12x12 in the Holiday Catalog!)

Also, for items I did not pre-order to show you, but that you will love, these are additional cardstock colors to stock up on:


Cardstock colors alone should help you spend those Bonus Bucks you earned in July. Remember, August 31 is the deadline for using those. Don't let them expire!

If I can help with anything, please use the contact form on my sidebar and I'll be happy to assist. 

Creative Blessings!

Monday, August 8, 2016


I just wanted to let you know I am off for at least one more week following an extensive dental procedure.

I've received my pre-order from the Holiday catalog and am looking forward to showing you goodies in the coming weeks. Keep a note pad handy so you'll be able to write down the products you'll want to order beginning September 1.

Also, if you placed an order in July and got Bonus Bucks, remember to place an order before August 31 to use those! Do not wait until the last minute. If nothing else, replace Whisper White cardstock and adhesives to use with the items you'll be ordering from the Holiday catalog next month!

If I can help with anything, please use the contact form on the right side bar and I'll be happy to assist.

Creative Blessings!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

PAPER PUMPKIN - August Sneak Peek!

This is the stamp set in the August 2016 Paper Pumpkin. I LOVE the floral corner designs. The August Paper Pumpkin is a Card Kit! This will be a great kit to replenish your card stash.

Subscribe or increase your quantity by August 10 at PaperPumpkin.com to get this amazing August stamp set and card kit.

All of my Paper Pumpkin subscribers get a BONUS item direct shipped from me. These items are usually ones I feature on the Paper Pumpkin Twist post for that kit. Come Twist with me!

Creative Blessings!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

PAPER PUMPKIN - July - With A Twist


Today is all about putting a TWIST on our Paper Pumpkin Kit! If you missed what was in this month's kit,please refer to Monday's Post.

Aside from the items in the kit, I used:

Wonderous Wreath (Stamp and Die)
(Stamp Set, Page 32 - Item #135047/ Die set, Page 192 - Item #135851)
Real Red Ink
Red Glitter Paper (page 175 - Item #121790)
Glue dot

I fell in love with what folks were doing with this stamp/ die set last year but have not used it until this project. I used the main base image (bottom left) and the berry image (top left). I also cut the bow from Red Glitter Paper 

I used one of the larger boxes from the July kit, the Emerald Envy yarn and ink. I stamped the wreath image in Emerald Envy and cut with the framelits die. Then I over-stamped the berries in Real Red. 
I used the To:/ From: from the Wonderous Wreath stamp set on the tag and tied everything together at the top of the cone. I added the glittery bow at the base of the wreath with a glue dot.

You could use the Circle of Spring stamp set (Page 94, Item # 138964) and make these favor boxes for Mother's Day tea, Easter brunch, or spring Bridal shower. 

A simple box with so many possibilities!

Leave a link in your comments below so I can take a look at what you're creating!
Creative Stamping!

Monday, July 25, 2016

PAPER PUMPKIN - July Original

Welcome to the July Paper Pumpkin Kit? What do you think? Not the card you were expecting, right? But that's okay, these cute little boxes have so many possibilities. I think a die in either of these shapes would be great for bridal/ baby shower favors or... something I'll show you in tomorrow's post.

Since this is the 'original' post today, I worked with just what came in the kit. the only thing I added was the acrylic stamp block. If you've been working with stamps, you have one of these. If this was your first Paper Pumpkin, Welcome to the Pumpkin Patch! You should have an acrylic block in your first box.

My box arrived a couple of days behind some of the other folks so after hearing back and forth comments about the design, I was eager to see what all the chatter was about. 

Here's what we are working with this month:

Two different styles of pre-punched, pre-scored, pre-adhesived boxes, a celebration type stamp set, tags and yarn... even part of the yarn is pre-cut!

I used the box on the left first. 

I have two tips for you this week. When positioning your stamp on an acrylic block, square up the block on your graph paper (Item #130148 - pg 185)  This will give you lines to insure your sentiment is straight on the block before stamping. 

Tip #2 - Apply ink to stamp... not stamp to ink pad. You tend to use less pressure when applying ink to stamp, eliminating a lot of the smudge you get around the edges of your stamp.

After stamping my sentiment in the Emerald Envy (one of the new in-colors!), I pulled one skein of the yarn and two of the single pieces.

Using the skein first, I wrapped around my four fingers about six times:

Clip loose from the skein. Using one of the loose pieces, secure the loop together:

Then about 3/8" from the top of the loop, wrap the other piece around like a belt and secure:

Fold your box on the score lines and secure with the adhesive tabs, leaving one end open. Even if you choose not to add treats on the inside, leaving the one end open makes threading the tails through much easier when attaching your tag.

When you're done, this is your finished box:

I followed the same steps for the other box shape and used the peach yarn:

While I can see where some might be disappointed this is not a card kit, I love these little boxes. 
See you Wednesday for July Twist!

Creative Stamping!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

PAPER PUMPKIN - June - With A Twist!

Today I'm combining items from both the May and June Paper Pumpkin. I'm using the stamp set from both.

Other supplies used:
Base and envelope from June Kit
Mint Macaron and Pumpkin Pie ink
Washi tape from June Kit
3x4 piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock (not shown)
White craft foam (to create ring for shaker window)
Sequin Confetti from the June Kit

I used a sketch from Studio Calico

And here's the card I came up with:

After folding the card base, I trimmed a scant 1/8" off the right side where the nick is at. Then I cut a one of the bags down to use the front - cut 1/4" smaller all the way around. 

I used stamps from the June kit and stamped in Mint Macaron on the envelope base and Pumpkin Pie on the cardstock. 

I do not have the circle die set (yet) so that's why my opening is a bit off center. I inked the edge of all the circles. The circle with the diamond is raised on on a double thickness of dimensionals to bring the spot up above the shaker window.

Play with your kits. Feel free to link to your creations from your blog in the comments section. 
Creative Blessings!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

PAPER PUMPKIN - June - Original

My June Paper Pumpkin arrived on time but I've been buried in attempting to get my studio put together so I can have a regular working schedule and a place to work. We are days away from the July Paper Pumpkin shipping.

The concept behind Paper Pumpkin is to have everything you need except adhesive (though sometimes that may be included in some form as well) in the box to make several cards or other crafty items without needing a bunch of other stuff. Work with what you have.

And that is great! If you are not a full-blown crafter but want to send a pretty card now and then, this is perfect for you. On the other hand, if you're a 'Got A Lotta Girl' like me, you have tons of other stuff you can incorporate with the Paper Pumpkin to put your own spin on the kit.

For each Paper Pumpkin, I will do at least two blog posts. One showing what to do with the kit 'as is'. and the other showcasing the 'twist'. The twist may include combining items from past kits.. because as you acquire kits, you're going to have supplies that will work together to form completely different projects.

So here we go with the ORIGINAL!

The kit looks like this:

The stamps, 2 spots... Tip Top Taupe and Mint Macaron and a project flyer.
All first-time Paper Pumpkin kits include a stamp block

When you flip the project flyer package over, you see additional items.
Striped card bases, Mint Macaron pocket envelopes, white embroidery thread, Washi Tape and a bag of confetti.

I opened everything up then transferred the confetti to a condiment cup with a lid for easier access.

Here is one of the cards I created taken from the project flyer with a bit of an addition.

I managed to split the side of the cellophane banner pocket so rather than just having the Washi across the top, I added the washi all the way around to insure the confetti didn't wind up everywhere.

A great tip from SuNN Stampin on YouTube is to use the Stamping Buddy to destatic from a plastic spoon before using the spoon to add confetti to the pocket. This prevents the confetti from sticking to the spoon. 

There's my card 'as is' from the June kit. Come on back tomorrow and we'll 'do the twist'. 

Creative Blessings!