Thursday, September 20, 2018

PAPER PUMPKIN - September - With a Twist


I had so much fun playing with the components of the Paper Pumpkin box this morning. All of the items I'm going to show you only took about 90 minutes to make.

For the cards, I stuck with items in the kit with the exception of this first card where I added white bakers twine from a previous kit.


After watching a video by I knew I wanted to make use of the cellophane bags in the box. So I started with the spider web. I was inspired by the following video from Crafty Cat.


Rather than create a window as Cat did, I chose to use the bag as a layer. I cut the bottom of the bag then along the fold lines, opening the bag to a flat surface. To get the fold lines out, I pressed the sheet with a low temp iron between a folded white dish towel.


Pressing in between a folded dish towel prevented the heat from melting the cellophane.

You can't stamp on the cellophane so I positioned the sheet over a 4" x 5.25"  of Whisper White. I did not adhere it yet. I just positioned my finger on the cellophane just below where I wanted a spider, pulled the sheet back and stamped the spider where I wanted it. I did that will the larger spider stamp in several places. Then I removed the cellophane sheet and randomly stamped the mini spider image in some of the white space between the larger ones. When finished stamping, I used mini glue dots to adhere the sheet into place. some of the glue dots were placed directly in the back of the center of a web image to help camouflage them.

Next I cut a piece of Gorgeous Grape 1.25" x 4" and a piece of Basic Black 1" x 4" and glued them together. Then I wrapped them with the white bakers twine in kind of a criss-cross fashion.. Think mummy wrap. 

The white strip to hold the EEEEK sticker from the kit is 4" x 1/2'. I stamped the larger spider on either end in the Basic Gray from the kit then centered the strip on the wrapped mat using dimensionals.

To assemble the card, glue the cellophane-covered mat on a Basic Black card base. Then add the Eeek strip. 

Next, I grabbed a ghost (do you know how hard they are to catch?!)

I used the same technique to flatten the bag except I ironed between waxed paper. When I did, the right side of the bag transferred to the waxed paper. A happy accident, I chose to use the transfer as my base. As you'll see below there is a slight tear but I wasn't concerned as I knew if I positioned the tear properly, I could cover that up.


I used my ATG gun to run a boarder around the edge of the transfer and glue to a 4" x 5.25" Gorgeous Grape then trimmed off the excess.


I cut one of the tags from the kit just below the fold line and glued to the mat, covering that tear. Next I wrapped the mat twice with the bakers twine then tied a small piece around them up near the tag for a little more texture. One of the ghosts from the kit is adhered with dimensionals.

The Spooky mat was cut from Mango Melody to accommodate the size of the sticker and adhered to Whisper White 1/8" wider.  To complete, I put the mat on Mango Melody card base and added 3 self adhesive sequins in Pumpkin Pie.

For my final card, I cut a panel from the striped cellophane bag then cut a banner tail in the bottom. To get the points exact, I put a glue dot where one of the points would be then folded the cellophane in 1/2. The glue dot is enough to hold it in place to give you a clean, accurate cut. 


I used glue dots to adhere to a Mango Melody 4" x 5.25" mat. The pumpkin is layered with dimensionals on one of the tags from the kit. To carry the white on orange of the tag, I stamped the sentiment on a piece of whisper white card stock then layered on a scrap of Mango Melody. I wrapped the mat twice with the bakers twine then used a small piece, again for texture. The sentiment banner is adhered with dimensionals.  I added 3 self-adhesive sequins for balance.  Everything is on a Basic Black card base.

Finally, the tag. This is one of my favorites:


For the tag, I pulled out the dies/ stamps/ DSP from Toil & Trouble. I began with a 3" x 6" tag base and scraps from the DSP. I covered the front with the larges scrap I had of the green then finished off with the Gorgeous Grape/ Highland Heather stripe. 

Using dies from the bundle, I cut a witch, 2 frogs, the cat and the cauldron.  I stamped the broom twice using Early Espresso (broom shaft) Crushed Curry (broom straw). I cut the broom straw section off one of the broom images and layered that over top of the full broom with a mini dimensional.

The witch is attached with a mish mash of mini dimensionals:


I stamped and cut 2 of the frogs. one is attached with a glue dot and the other with a mini dimensional.

For the cauldron, I used dimensionals but left a spot so that the image would lay smooth over the bakers twine.

I punched a hole in the center of the end of the tag. From the bakers twine, I cut 6' then folded it in 1/2 then again 2 more times. I drew this through the hole then tied them together with a piece of bakers twine to secure.  The cauldron image is placed to camouflage the hole.

Here's the back:


I used part of a tag from the kit and the sticker. The hat is cut from the DSP and adhered with dimensionals.


The idea behind this tag is to use as an accessory in the October Daily album. I'll be recording the 'PAGE' video this afternoon and showing where the tag will be used. As soon as the video is successfully uploaded to YouTube I'll be placing the video in a post.


While we're in a Spooky frame of mind, my Toil & Trouble Special is on-going through October 27th.


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When you order the Toil & Trouble Bundle
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I will send you the following as a Thank You  gift:

3' Glitter Ribbon
2 - 4"x6" of each sheet of the DSP
2 - 4"x6" each color coordianting Cardstock
1 - 4" x 6" Black Foil Sheet
2- Spider Charms
13- Bat Punches

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

PAPER PUMPKIN - September - As Is


I went with a simple version of the AS IS for a couple of reasons. One, I thought the word stickers were a bit large for the treat bags... and they really didn't need the words. Second, I felt the words would be better suited for cards and the Memories & More kit.

This is a sample of everything that came in the kit. What you see is 2 of each word sticker and 4 of everything else for the Memories & More kit. This gives me plenty to work with in both of the girls' albums.



 And here are my version of the treat bags. I'm not a fan of loose candy in a bag. I know my hands are clean if I were to pack them but I never eat loose/ unwrapped candy from anyone else. Sorry, but I've seen too many people use the restroom and leave without washing their hands. Ewww!

I bought a $5 bag of Halloween candy bar assortment at $ General. There was enough to do these six treat bags and a few left over. I put three in each bag.


Aside from the Basic Gray ink spot that came in the kit, the only other color I used was Daffodil Delight for the crescent moon on the bat bag. 

Who knew I not only do not have a Mango Melody spot (which I'd have preferred to use) but a reinker either! And I just placed an order yesterday. Maybe I will get lucky and my SIL will have a reinker she can bring with her next week. I have blank spots and thought I'd ordered all the new reinkers. As my mom used to say, 'that's what you get for thinking' Anyone want to count how many times I used 'reinker' in this paragraph. I'm tired LOL

So, what am I going to do with these? They will go to folks at local businesses who are always there to help when I need it.. and always with a smile. 

Tomorrow is all about cards and maybe a tag. I'm still playing. I'll also be sharing a couple of YouTube links to gals who made some really cute 'With A Twist' with this month's kit. 

While we're in a Spooky frame of mind, my Toil & Trouble Special is on-going through October 27th.

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I have an AMAZING Offer for you!

When you order the Toil & Trouble Bundle
and select me as your demonstrator
using the Hostess Code
FHTNFBGP
I will send you the following as a Thank You  gift:

3' Glitter Ribbon
2 - 4"x6" of each sheet of the DSP
2 - 4"x6" each color coordianting Cardstock
1 - 4" x 6" Black Foil Sheet
2- Spider Charms
13- Bat Punches

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

PAPER PUMPKIN - September - Something Spooky

I love this kit!

I've heard many people say they don't like 'treat' kits. They don't have kids and just have no use for them.

Well, here's the thing. What about making them as a gift for service providers. The cashier at the bank who is always pleasant, the team that make up your local law enforcement. From the dispatcher to the officers on patrol.  As we approach the holidays, firefighters will become increasingly busy. Brighten their day with something besides a fire flame! Your hairdresser, waitress, post office personnel.... the list is endless.

Make these goodies up and put them on the front seat of your car as you begin your errands... watch them disappear... AND bring a smile.

These are not just Spooky... they are SWEET!


Tomorrow, I'll show you my samples then a few twists on Thursday, including a tag you can include in your October Daily album!


While we're in a Spooky frame of mind, my Toil & Trouble Special is on-going through October 27th.

# # # # # #
I have an AMAZING Offer for you!

When you order the Toil & Trouble Bundle
and select me as your demonstrator
using the Hostess Code
FHTNFBGP
I will send you the following as a Thank You  gift:

3' Glitter Ribbon
2 - 4"x6" of each sheet of the DSP
2 - 4"x6" each color coordianting Cardstock
1 - 4" x 6" Black Foil Sheet
2- Spider Charms
13- Bat Punches

ADD a pack of the DSP to your Order
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Monday, September 10, 2018

MEMORY MONDAY - Toil & Trouble

QUICK NOTE: TODAY is the last day to order your Paper Pumpkin! This is going to be a fabulously SPOOKY box you won't want to miss! Simply click on the Something Spooky Paper Pumpkin button on my sidebar.

Halloween is a big deal around our house. From the time I was six, I dressed as a witch. My youngest daycare child dressed as a witch several years and so has my oldest granddaughter. So you can understand why I'm in LOVE with the Toil & Trouble set this holiday season.

Since this is an off week - no Paper Pumpkin arrival yet - I thought I'd use the Toil & Trouble.

Here's what I came up with:


FYI - the die for the witch only cuts out THIS witch. But I was able to cut out the broom and be selective about which hat to use.

I know I need a better picture but today has been one of those days. You know where everything you touch seems to go wrong? I'm almost afraid to mow this afternoon but that chore has been put off too long.

The solid black is the new Black Foil. I thought it added  a bit more than just the flat black card stock. 

I did not glue the witch in place. I will attach her after I do the title. Haven't decided how I want to do that yet. The broom and hat are glued down but I can slip the corner of a picture up under the hat when I print the pictures of Adrian... or Kassie. Haven't decided which witch ;-)

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When you order the Toil & Trouble Bundle
and select me as your demonstrator
using the Hostess Code
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I will send you the following as a Thank You  gift:

3' Glitter Ribbon
2 - 4"x6" of each sheet of the DSP
2 - 4"x6" each color coordianting Cardstock
1 - 4" x 6" Black Foil Sheet
2- Spider Charms
13- Bat Punches

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

SYMPATHY SUNDAY - September - Very Vintage

Making sympathy cards is tough. The project is even harder when you need one for your best friend. Almost two years ago, my best friend from High School dealt with Breast Cancer. By the time she had gone through the treatments and gotten the all-clear, her mom was diagnosed with cancer.

Mrs. Pope was a sweet woman. When my dad passed away, Mrs. Pope brought two 9x13 foil pans of krautburgers - her family recipe. She was kind enough to give me the recipe for my growing file box. I haven't made them in years. Mostly, because no one will eat them but me. Maybe I need to make a batch next time Bob has a lodge meeting. I'll keep a few for myself then send the rest to lodge. Or I could make a batch and freeze them individually.

So today's Sympathy Sunday is a card for Karen. From as long as I can remember, I have always called her 'Dear'.. you know, like some people are called sweetheart, kiddo, hon... She has always be 'Dear'  So when I pulled out one of our Hostess Sets, Very Vintage, I knew this was perfect.


146801- $13.50 with Hostess Credits

My go to DSP these days for 'soft' cards is Nature's Poem. I need to order more as this paper is so versatile.


I was inspired by THIS card on Pinterest.

I'm very limited on current ribbons. I admit, I don't buy a lot of them but I'm getting better. So I used the Braided Linen Trim. I love the Darling Label Punch. I'm glad I bought that set. 

Looking at the vast amount of colors that coordinate with Nature's Poem, I went with Petal Pink for the card base, a Cajun Craze mat that topped with the leaf pattern in Mint Macron and Cajun Craze from the DSP. I used coordinating colors of Stampin' Blends for the floral except Old Olive and Pool Party for my greens since I don't have Mint Macaron.  To provide balance, I added the degrading sizes of the Mint Macaron Faceted Dots.

That's my Sympathy Sunday card for this month. Thank you for your patience!

Okay.. remember, I have  HOSTESS CODE! Place an order of $25 or more by September 17th and receive  3 yards of the Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon

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This ribbon is so ELEGANT! You will want some in time for all your Special Occasion Cards!

If you have Bonus Days Coupons, now is the time to use them. Don't wait til the end of the month then have them go unused. 

SEPTEMBER HOSTESS SPECIAL!
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Friday, September 7, 2018

OCTOBER DAILY - Part 1 & Promotion!

Good morning!

After multiple attempts, I finally have the first video in the October Daily series ready to roll. In the video description I list most of the items we will be using and am doing the shop links below.
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments either here or on the YouTube video link.

I have lots more to show but I HAVE to get the revisions for my book finished this weekend. As soon as the manuscript is off to my beta readers, I'll get some things up and running here! Thank you for your patience. ~Creative Blessings!


One thing I did not mention in the video is that I recommend buying two packages of the Designer Series Paper so that you'll have enough for foundation pages as well as cutting apart for embellishments and pockets. 

TOIL & TROUBLE Suite items: Cauldron Bubble Bundle Clear Mount Wood Mount Toil & Trouble Designer Series Paper Toil & Trouble Cardstock Pack -
This is NOT all 10 colors that coordinate, only a 4 color sample

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I have an AMAZING Offer for you!

When you order the Toil & Trouble Bundle
using the Hostess Code
GKN4KUA7
I will send you the following as a Thank You  gift:

3' Glitter Ribbon
2 - 4"x6" of each sheet of the DSP
2 - 4"x6" each color coordianting Cardstock
1 - 4" x 6" Black Foil Sheet
2- Spider Charms
13- Bat Punches

ADD a pack of the DSP to your Order
Receive Free Tombo Liquid Glue or Mini Dimensionals
Your Choice!

Monday, September 3, 2018

BIG PLANS PLANNER - Planning for September

Since this is a Holiday week and I'm coming off a horrid week, I went simple today and am showing you the video I did over the weekend. While I do not have a lot going on for Stampin' UP! this month, I do have a BIG thing THIS week... you can begin ordering from the Holiday 2018 Catalog on Wednesday!  Do I hear a Whoop Whoop!

I talk about a couple of things in the video I plan to do this month.