Paper Pumpkin Alternative and Storage

Hello and welcome to part 2 of my Paper Pumpkin Talk! Today I challenged myself to make alternative cards using the April 2018 Paper Pumpkin, just using the stamp set. My first card incorporated current and upcoming products, were as my second card incorporated current and retired products.

For the first card, the card base is Sahara Sand cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”. The base layer is Tranquil Textures DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and the next layer is Dapper Demin cardstock, cut at 3 1/3” x 3 ¼” and is embossed with the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. The lighthouse is stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut at 1 ½” x 2 ½”, in Smokey Slate ink. The starfish, wheel, and sailboat are stamped on Whisper White cardstock in Sahara Sand and Dapper Denim ink, punched out with the ¾” punch, and then layered on Sahara Sand or Dapper Denim cardstock punched out with the 1” punch.


Before I adhered everything together, I tied a piece of Dapper Denim Baker’s Twine around the lighthouse piece. This is a simple and easy card to make, I left a sentiment off the front so it could be for any occasion.


For the second card, the card base is Bermuda Bay cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½” and scored at 4 ¼”. The base layer is from the Serene Scenery DSP Stack, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. The anchor is heat embossed in Gold Embossing Powder in Very Vanilla cardstock, cut out with 2ndlargest Square Stitched Shape Framelit, and then layered on Bermuda Bay cardstock, cut out with the 3rdlargest Scalloped Layering Square Framelit. I used a piece of Very Vanilla Baker’s Twine, which I braided to look nautical, which I wrapped around the squares, used Mini Glue Dots to adhere to the back, and used dimensionals to adhere to the base layer.


After I put the card together, I decided to add the sentiment on a ½” piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, heat embossed in Gold Embossing Powder, used the Banner Triple Punch on the end, and adhered this with dimensionals.


Now, let’s talk STORAGE!


I’m just going to share with you how I store my Stampin’ Spots, leftover PP kit items, and even the PP box!

If you have a Big Shot, you more than likely have the Big Shot Die Brush which is great for getting those pesky little pieces out. I’ve seen some people use a full-size wood mount case to store this, but I really didn’t care for it and felt it was too small. What I did, is I turned one of the leftover boxes inside out (easy to do) and use this for my die brush and foam pad. This gives me plenty of room and keeps those little pieces in the box and easy to dispose of in the trash can!


Stampin’ Spots-The plastic container on the left is from a big box arts and crafts store that is a 20-count jewelry/bead container that I use to store my sponges and spots. On the right is a full-size wood mount case that you can purchase from Stampin’ Up, which I use to store retired and duplicate colors. In case you were wondering, you can store 15 spots in the wood mount case!


I use the Clear Mount Stamp Cases sold by Stampin’ Up! to store my left-over PP stamps and products. Luckily, each month Stampin’ Up! creates and provides the inserts for the case that all demonstrators have access to! These print out on a piece of 8 ½” x 11” printer paper and you can trim it down to fit. You really can fit quite a bit of left-overs in the stamp case, which is nice if you are limited on space or just like to have your PP organized.


Here are some additional pictures of the alternative cards I made from this month’s kit:



Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!



Let’s Talk Paper Pumpkin!

Hello and welcome to part 1 of my Paper Pumpkin talk! Today and tomorrow I will be showing you what Paper Pumpkin is about, some alternatives, and storing your left overs! Since April 2018 Paper Pumpkin, You Are My Anchor, came in the mail this last week, I figured this is the best one to start with!

When Paper Pumpkin first came out in 2013, I really did not know what it was about or even had a demonstrator to explain it to me (I was just a customer going thru a demo that I had met thru my demo before she was no longer active), so I figured I would just skip it. When I became a demo a couple of years ago, Paper Pumpkin was part of my kit (as it is with every new demo kit), which was April 2015 Love You A Lot. I thought it was a cut little kit that made gift card holders, so I spent the next couple of months watching a learning what Paper Pumpkin is! Finding out that each month you receive either a card or 3D kit, that literally comes with everything you need was very intriguing! So, I decided to try it every month for 12 months to really see what it was all about because for the most part you will not know what is arriving in your mail box. Based on my experience alone, I really did enjoy receiving a surprise box every month and yes, there were some months that I was not to thrilled. However, whether it’s Facebook or Pinterest, you will always find alternatives that you can CASE or even be inspired to create something totally different. You always have more than enough supplies to make the project and then some! What is really neat is the stamp set you receive, which is an exclusive to Paper Pumpkin and is not available through any SU! Catalogs, and a Stampin’ Spot (or two!)! Sometimes they do a little added bonus, like April 2017 had Watercolor Pencils and March 2018 had wood embellishments. So, if this is something you are thinking about trying,if you sign up between now and May 10, 2018 you will get your first two months 50% off! Head on over to https://www.paperpumpkin.comfor more details!

Now, for this month’s Paper Pumpkin, I will make one set of cards with the box and then I will share my alternative!

Here’s what the kit makes, aren’t they super cute?? The cards measure 3” x 3” and fit in the box! Makes a great gift to give someone!


Here is my first alternative, I used Pool Party cardstock for the card base, Island Indigo cardstock for the base layer, Whisper White cardstock, and then cut one of the 3” x 3” in half and used that as the top layer. Such a super cute way to tell someone thanks!



My second alternative is a Dapper Denim cardstock card base, Whisper White cardstock base layer, cut a 3” x 3” card in half and used the card front, stamped the small images from the stamp set in Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, and Dapper Denim inks, and used the die cuts from the kit to stamp the image and sentiment in Dapper Denim ink.



Stay tuned as I continue with my Paper Pumpkin talk tomorrow, which I’ll share another alternative card and storage ideas!

Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed this card and thanks for stopping by!



Wonderful Adventure

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is my second creation featuring the Tranquil Textures Suite from the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog! This suite is a must have if you love the beach and creating underwater scenery. Growing up I was always around rivers, lakes, and the ocean and as an adult living in Coastal Virginia you can see why I am drawn to beach scenery and love creating these types of cards.

The card base is Night of Navy cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”:


The base layer is from the Tranquil Textures DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:


On a piece of Whisper White cardstock, I stamped the octopus image in Night of Navy ink and cut out with the coordinating framelit:


The seagrass is cut out of Mint Macaron and Tranquil Tide cardstock and the coral is cut out of Fresh Fig cardstock from the Under the Sea Framelit Dies:


I used the Night of Navy Medium Bakers Twine to create the rope:


The seagrass and coral were adhered to the DSP base layer with the Fine Tip Glue Pen and then I squeezed a thick layer of the glue in the middle and sprinkled the Tranquil Textures Sprinkles into the glue:


The sentiment is from the stamp set, which is stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock in Night of Navy ink, cut out using the 1 ¾” Circle Punch, and then sponged in Night of Navy ink:


To complete the card, the octopus is adhered with Mini Dimensionals, the sentiment is adhered with Dimensionals with the baker’s twine behind, and then the left end of the baker’s twine adhered with liquid glue:


I hope you have enjoyed both of these sneak peaks from the upcoming Annual Catalog as much as I have creating them! Next week I will be back to creating from the Occasion’s and Annual Catalog’s.

Don’t forget that the Retirement List is out and quantities are while supplies last! You can get the most accurate and up to date info from my online store by clicking Shop Now! button at the top of the page. Also, if you would like a complementary 2018-2019 Annual Catalog delivered to your mailbox, contact me with you name and complete address before April 30th, 2018.

Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed this card and thanks for stopping by!

Triple W Fold Card

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is a super cool Triple W Fold card! This is a special card that I made for my granddaughter that is officially one years old today! Her birthday party was this last Saturday and I was able to drive to Mississippi for a few days to celebrate her birthday!! I really wanted to go all out when I made this card, and when I found out that the theme was unicorns, the Myths & Magic Suite was a no brainer! The basics for this card is very easy, so let’s get started!

The card base is actually one sheet of card stock, 8 ½” x 11”, cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”, in Bermuda Bay:


To connect the two pieces together, I used a 1” piece of Silver Foil, scored at ½” and adhered with Tear & Tape Adhesive. When these are connected, it is a typical 4 ¼” x 5 ½” card base:



On a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, I used Memento Ink to stamp the unicorn stamp from the Magical Day stamp set. Then I used Stampin’ Blends and Stampin’ Write Markers to color in:


I used the Large Letter Framelits to cut out Happy Birthday from the unicorn paper and I cut out Happy Birthday again with the Myths & Magic Glimmer paper in turquoise. I adhered the glimmer paper to the back with Multipurpose Liquid Glue and positioned it so the glimmer paper was sticking out slightly from behind:


I used the cloud framelits from the Magical Mates Framelits and Up & Away Thinlits on the turquoise and iridescent Myths & Magic Glimmer paper and the Silver Glimmer paper:


From the Myths & Magic Specialty DSP, cut a piece of the unicorn paper to 4” x 5 ¼” and adhere on the front of the card:


For the inside, use the cloud DSP and cut four pieces, two at 4” x 5 ¼” and two at 4” x 5”. The two bigger pieces of DSP are adhered to the front and back inside and the two smaller are adhered to the middle pieces with the Silver Foil connector:


Next, cut two pieces of the Springtime Foils Specialty DSP at 1 ½” x 11”. I used a Sponge Brayer and colored with Bermuda Bay ink, wiping off the excess ink with a paper towel. These pieces are scored at 2 ¾’, 5 ½”, and 8 ¼”, fold and burnish making at W:


I adhered the letters with Mini Glue Dots towards the bottom of the letters and spacing them so Happy is on one and Birthday is on the other:


To put the inside together, I cut out some of the unicorns from the DSP and adhered those with Mini Dimensionals and then adhered the clouds throughout the inside. The strips of DSP are adhered with Tear & Tape Adhesive:

The front sentiment is a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut out with the largest circle from the Layering Circles Framelits, the sentiment from the Number of Years stamp set in Bermuda Bay ink, the background stars from the Magical Day stamp set in Pool Party ink, and the Large Number of Years Framelits from the stamped and colored paper and the turquoise glimmer paper. The number and circle are adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals:


Since this card is thick and doesn’t lay completely flat, I used the Envelope Punch Board to create my own envelope using the Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP in Pool Party, the Layering Labels Framelits, some left over unicorns that were cut out, glimmer paper, and the Balloon Banquet Punch:


I am so please at how this turned out! It’s amazing how you will see an idea for a template, such as the Triple W Fold, and just get creative! I hope you enjoy this card and this inspires you to make your own!

Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed this card and thanks for stopping by!

Product List

Sea of Textures

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is my first from the Tranquil Textures Suite from the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog! I am so very excited to show you how I made today’s card with this super cool stamp set and framelit dies.

The card base is Tranquil Tide, cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”:


The base layer is from the Tranquil Textures DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:


The next layer is Whisper White cardstock, cut at 3 ¼” x 41/4”:


I used the fish framelit to cut out along the top and stamped the seaweed in Mint Macaron and Tranquil Tide inks:


Since I wasn’t sure what I would use for the front of the card, I cut out some of the thinlits using Crumb Cake, Mint Macaron, Sahara Sand, and Calypso Coral cardstock:


Next, I adhered the piece of Whisper White cardstock to the Designer Series Paper and then I went to work designing and adhering the pieces I cut out:


Isn’t this a super fun and cute suite?? Stay tuned as I share more creativity with this suite!!

Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed this card and thanks for stopping by!

New Annual Catalog Product Sneak Peak!

Hello and welcome to today’s show and tell with new products from the upcoming 2018-2019 Annual Catalog! Besides the cool swag from OnStage, I was able to make a special pre-order from the upcoming catalog and I really wanted to share this with you!


Of course one of the first items on my “must have” list are the new 2018-2020 InColor ink pads and paper. Pictures really do not do these colors justice, they are so bright and vibrant, and I am so excited to get the chance to share them with you! I am also happy to share the new ink pad design and really show you how they stack up! (lol!)


Aren’t these so cool?? They really do stack on top of each other nice and neat!



These are all the stamp sets that I came home with from OnStage! Everyone had “Animal Outing” in our registration bag, “Artisan Expressions” I won from Prize Patrol, “Pick a Pennant” was another Prize Patrol, and “Rooted in Nature” was from the “make and take” items at our table! While I am sad to see Vintage Leaves stamp set and the coordinating thinlit dies retire, Rooted in Nature is definitely going to become my new fall staple. Aside from Artisan Expressions, all these stamp sets have coordinating thinlit dies and I cannot wait to add those to the stamp sets!

Make and Take

One of the best perks about attending OnStage, is that you actually get to play with new products and take them home to share!

My first make and take is from the Nature’s Poem Suite, made with the Rooted in Nature stamp set, Nature’s Roots Framelits Dies, Nature’s Poem DSP, Nature’s Twine, Leaves Trinkets, and Nature’s Poem cardstock:


Next is from the Share What You Love Suite, made with the Love What You Do stamp set, Share What You Love Speciality DSP, Share What You Love Artisan Pearls, Rich Razzleberry Velvet Ribbon, Pearlized Doilies, and Share What You Love cardstock:



Next is from the Delightfully Detailed Suite, made with the Detailed with Love stamp set, Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper, Delightfully Detailed Note Cards and Envelopes, Faceted Dots, and Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon:



Finally from the Graceful Glass Suite, made with the Graceful Glass Designer Vellum, Painted Glass stamp set, Black Cord, and Stampin’ Blends in Dark Pineapple Punch and Light Lovely Lipstick:



My choice for the special pre-order was a no-brainer, the Tranquil Textures Suite! I absolutely love that there are framelits to coordinate with this stamp set and they also emboss

! I can totally see incorporating this stamp set along with the Magical Mermaid stamp set!! Here are some product pictures:


So stay tuned this week as I will share my creations with the Tranquil Textures Suite!!

Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed this card and thanks for stopping by!

The color revamp, new ink pads, and the retirement list!

Hello and welcome to a special update for the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog! I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the color revamp (13 Colors!!??!!), the new ink pad case, and the retirement list, so let’s get started!!

First and foremost, the Retirement List! If you notice to your right side, the list for the Annual and Occasion Catalogs are in PDF format for your convenience. However, for the most UP TO DATE availability, click on the SHOP NOW! button up top, which will take you directly to my online store, click on the Shop Now again, and click on the Last Chance Products. This will give you what products are currently available, but don’t delay if there is something you really want!!


Every 3-5 years, Stampin’ Up! does a color “refresh”, which means just a change of a handful of colors, however, this year they did a “revamp” and brought in some fresh and exciting colors, some are returning favorite InColors and some are brand new! Now, there are no changes to the InColors every two years, but these changes effect the 4 core color groups. Whisper White, Very Vanilla, and Basic Black have been removed from the Neutrals and placed in their own group, Basics, which new colors have been added to the Neutrals.

Here’s the color breakdown:


As with all items in the retirement list, these are available while supplies last!

Now, let’s see those new InColors!!


I really love these bright new colors!! I can’t wait to start playing with them and get creative!!

So here is the list of the new colors:


The returning InColors are:

  • Mossy Meadow
  • Poppy Parade
  • Flirty Flamingo
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Mint Macaron
  • Blackberry Bliss
 So here are ALL the core colors:
Stampin’ Up! is discontinuing the Archival Pads, Basic Gray and Basic Black are now Classic Pads. Stazon and the Stazon Cleaner are coming back and we still have Memento. While you are digesting all of this, I can say that Stampin’ Up! is also adding new colors to the Stampin’ Blends!! The blends are currently on hold, but everything will be available June 1, 2018! The new additions are: Call Me Clover, Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green, Highland Heather, Lovely Lipstick, Mint Macaron, Petal Pink, Pineapple Punch, Poppy Parade, Soft Sea Foam, and Soft Suede. Aren’t you excited??
Change in the stamp pads:
This year Stampin’ Up has also redesigned their stamp pads and this has been a very thought out process, you spoke and they listened! The new cases are easier to open, have a tighter fit between the lid and the base, they are stackable, and have improved the labels and stickers: top label now has a cleaner, bolder design and a larger color swatch, making it easier to see the ink’s color, stickers include a new In Color icon, continued to provide color stickers that can be placed on the end of each case to easily identify the ink’s color at a glance, and ntroducing a new color sticker you can place on the inside of the case, so you can easily distinguish the ink’s color when the case is open.
There is also a change to the ink formula: reduce ink bubbles, helps you get a smooth coating of ink on the stamp, and helps lay down the ink better. You CAN use the old ink refills on the new ink pads! So, there is no need to go out and buy brand new everything, just get what you need.
Here are pictures of comparing the old to the new stamp pads, I was able to get Mint Macaron when I attended OnStage:


If you notice the notches on the bottom is what makes them stackable! This is going to be awesome, because how many times have you stacked the ink pads and then had them fall over?? Me too!!

If you would like the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog delivered directly to your mail box, please contact me BEFORE April 30, 2018 with your name and address (including zip code) by simply clicking on the Contact Me button at the top of this page!

Stay tuned as I share my swag from OnStage and the exciting NEW products I was able to preorder and will be giving you a sneak peek at what I create!! As always, thank you for stopping by and letting me share with you!!