Thursday, May 28, 2015



I'm getting ready for my first Paper Pumpkin Playdate and I couldn't be more excited!  I have invited all of my current subscribers to join me tonight at the Table so we can assemble our May Paper Pumpkin kits together.  This is the intended May kit:

Photo courtesy of Stampin' Up!

Here are some alternate projects I made using the kit.  I got these ideas directly from the Demonstrator Website.  I LOVE being a demonstrator and being able to get all sorts of inspiration!

Paper Pumpkin is only $19.95 per month (including shipping!) BUT, right now you can get your first two months of kits for 50% off (new subscribers only)!  That's like getting a month for free!  Just use the code SAVE50 at this link:

Gotta go!  My Paper Pumpkin Pals will be here soon!

Thanks for joining me at the Table today!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Mint Macaron Sympathy


I made a little time this week to play with some new in-color product.  Our neighbors' daughter just passed away and I wanted to make them a card
to tell them we're thinking about them in this very difficult time.  She has been suffering for many years so I'm sure this is a bittersweet time for them.

I thought Mint Macaron was the perfect color to convey a heartfelt greeting.  I can tell this is going to be my favorite in-color.

I combined a few techniques on this card plus an older stamp set that, I'm ashamed to admit, I have hardly used!  I bought this Thoughts and Prayers stamp set when it was first introduced and have only pulled it out a time or two.  But combining it with the Mint Macaron has made me see it with new eyes.  I know I'll be pulling it out a lot more this year.

So first off, I decided to alter the Honeycomb embossing folder.  I ran a piece of card stock through and then lined it up with my stamped image.  Then I took a pencil and drew a light pencil line where I thought I'd want to cut it apart.

Please, please forgive these next couple of photos! It was gray and rainy outside and it made the Mint Macaron card stock not look very good no matter what I tried.  I PROMISE, this color is AMAZING in person!

Then I put some Tombow on the back to make sure it stayed put on my stamped piece.

I couldn't leave out my GORGEOUS Mint Macaron Dotted Lace Trim.  You guys!  That lace trim is just so luxurious feeling!

I adhered the lace with my Fast Fuse (another product I'm just now pulling out!  What's wrong with me! LOL), then adhered that whole panel with dimensionals to the card front.

You can see I made a boo-boo stamping the vine image the first time.  Luckily, there are always two sides to a piece of card stock!

Once it was put together, I felt like it needed one last touch.  I showed it to my daughter and she and I talked about maybe adding more color, but that didn't feel right. So I pulled out my Antique Brads and did one last technique.  I embossed it with white embossing powder.  This is a technique I learned from one of my favorite demonstrators when I was in her Stamp Club years ago.

This was just the added touch I was looking for!

The Mint Macaron card stock and ribbon will be available for purchase starting on June 2!

I don't like making sympathy cards because that means someone is going through a heart breaking time, but hopefully this pretty card will convey our feelings of love and prayers for them and their family.

Thank you for joining me at the Table today!

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

April Paper Pumpkin Kit


I'm back with another card to share with you.  I have to say, I really love how this one turned out.  It's soft, and pretty and just makes me think of a beautiful Spring morning.

I used some elements from the April Paper Pumpkin kit.  Here's what the kit makes:

Photo courtesy of Stampin' Up!
The great thing about the Paper Pumpkin kits are that you can use your creativity to make the projects your own.  So I made a fun card and tag for Mother's Day.

So after I made this card/tag, I took the stamp set and the included Crushed Curry baker's twine plus a few other Stampin' Up! products and made another card for my mom:

I used the Hearts stencil and sponged it with Crisp Cantaloupe then stamped the flowers from the stamp set in Calypso Coral.  I filled the centers with Crushed Curry ink.  Can you see what I did there for the leaves? :)  I used this little guy right here:

That's right!  I inked up that tiny comma in Old Olive ink and turned it into leaves for the cute flowers.

Sorry for this blurry photo!
 I love to get the most mileage out of my supplies so it's fun to challenge myself to think outside the "kit".  If you want to have a fun creative package come to your mailbox each month, sign up for a Paper Pumpkin subscription.  You won't regret it!

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Hello, hello!

So sorry for not posting anything last month.  I was trying to keep my head above water.  I'm happy to say I didn't drown!

Things are settling down a little for me so I thought I'd pop in here and show you what we made at our March Stamp Club.

I remember going to a scrapbook expo years and years ago and one of the make and takes was a shaker card.  I loved it!  Then shaker cards, like all trends, went out of style and I never made any more.

Well fast forward to now and shaker cards are, once again, all the rage!  And I still love them.  Maybe even more than way back when.  So here's the card we made:

I CASEd the layout from a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator but added the shaker card element to it to make it my own.  Don't you love that little bow?  I wasn't planning on purchasing the Bow Builder punch, but I've seen so many cute things you can do with it so I caved.  I'm so glad I did!

Here's a little close-up:

I'm SO going to miss the In-Colors that are on their way out! Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana.  But really, who am I kidding?  I can't get rid of them.  I'll use them up for my personal crafting until they're all dried out.  That's how much I love them. ;)  Maybe one or two will make a comeback at some point.  A girl can wish, right? 

I hope you're making time for a little crafting in your's good for you!

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