Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Simple Fancy Fold using Artistry Blooms

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by!  Today I want to share with you a beautiful card I made for my Grandma's birthday, which was today.  She loves purple, so I always try to incorporate different shades of purple into her cards.  The Artistry Blooms Suite certainly made this easy as it coordinates with so many different colours, including various shades of purple.

If you're not sure what the Artistry Blooms Suite is, let me take a quick moment to tell you!  It lives on pg. 130 of the Annual Catalogue.  It includes the Hand-Drawn Blooms bundle (both stamp set and dies), the beautiful Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper - I love how versatile this paper is because of the different patterns and the many colours that it coordinates with, the gorgeous Rainbow Glimmer Paper (if you have not ordered this yet, do yourself a favour and order it but only if you like bold colours and sparkly things!) and the Artistry Blooms Sequins (they are self-adhesive, which I love!).

I want to start off by saying that this is not my design, I did case this card, but unfortunately I can't find my source, so I apologize to the designer and I will give you credit when I find your original design again.  I started with a Rich Razzleberry for the base and then pulled one of the coordinating patterns from the Designer Series Paper and added it to the side and corner of my card.  I do have a Whisper White layer on the inside.

For the flap of this card, I started with a Rich Razzleberry base and then layered it with Whisper White.  I used the top part of the big die in the Banner Blooms Die Set and cut it out of the Rainbow Glimmer paper.  I only wanted the purple tones, so I placed my die in the purple-blue-ish area of the paper.  I did use my adhesive sheets again to make it easy for me to glue the flowers onto the Whisper White cardstock.  I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment in Blackberry Bliss from the Hand-Drawn Blooms Stamp Set.  I then added a few of the self-adhesive sequins to give it a bit of bling and to finish off my card.

What do you think?  I think it turned out pretty good and Grandma was delighted with it, so that's all that matters!  Also, I'm loving how my pictures are not so dark.  My sweetheart bought me a photo box for my birthday (I think he wanted his light back lol!).  It makes my life sooo much easier as I'm not having to juggle the camera and the light to get better pictures!

I hope you enjoyed today's project.   Products used to make this project are all current Stampin' Up! products and if you want to try your hand at making this project and need a few supplies, please click on any of the images below the Supply List and it will take you right to my store where you can shop online 24/7.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  Happy Crafting!!

Supply List

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Hello, Pumpkin! September Paper Pumpkin Kit

Hello!  Am I the only one sitting here wondering what happened to September?!  I can't believe that tomorrow is the last day of the month!  I certainly hope the winter months fly by as quickly as our summer and now fall months have!  I'm really enjoying the leaves changing colour, but I'm not enjoying that cold wind or the shorter amounts of daylight.  At least the sun has been shining lots this past month.  I think it's trying to make up for its lack of presence during the summer.

Today I wanted to share with you what a Paper Pumpkin kit looks like when it's completed.  I made up 20 crackers and used maybe a quarter of the die cuts that were part of the kit.  There are still tons left over and of course the Cajun Craze ink spot and the cute stamp set are still leftover to use and will be used long after the die cuts have all found homes!  I made these crackers up as party favors.  I put 4 square chocolates in each one.  I think they turned out pretty cute!

I had shared with you in an earlier post what the kit looks like when it arrives, and now you can see the finished product.  Remember, if you are interested in receiving the Paper Pumpkin kit, you can order it once or you can have it come monthly.  I generally receive the kits each month, but sometimes I'll opt out of a kit for various reasons.  And don't forget, if you become a subscriber of my Paper Pumpkin, you are personally invited to attend my Paper Pumpkin Club on the last Wednesday of each month and we will make our kits together, we will make 2 alternative projects together and I will show you some samples of what else you can do with your kit!  There are so many benefits of subscribing to Paper Pumpkin!  Contact me today if you have any questions or would like to subscribe!!


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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Paper Pumpkin - September Kit

Hello!  Thank you for dropping in today.  I'm sure you're wondering where I've been.  I had been doing great, posting every day Monday through Friday.  And then nothing Monday, nothing Tuesday, almost nothing Wednesday!  Well let's see, my birthday happened on Monday, so that was a full day of celebrating - I may be 42, but I still LOVE to celebrate my birthday like a 10 year old!!  And I'll be honest, I have no idea what happened to yesterday.  I do know that my craftroom is cleaner than it has been in months (probably since just after we moved into our new house and I hadn't started crafting yet) and I got a newsletter out, but that was pretty much it.  The rest was running errands for our house party that we are having on Saturday.  Amazing what happens to your To Do list when you decide to host a small party with friends and family.  Anyways, I promise that next week I'll be back to normal, although my normal may become more like 3 days a week instead of 5 because I have Christmas Craft Fairs coming up (I'm so excited that they are going ahead) and I need to get prepared for those.  So brace yourself, Christmas is soon going to be all over my blog posts!  You've been warned lol!


Today I want to talk to you about Paper Pumpkin.  If you are a new stamper, this is ideal for you.  If you are someone who has very little time to craft, this is ideal for you.  If you don't have a lot of space to collect craft supplies, this is ideal for you.  If you like to have projects on hand that are quick and easy to assemble, this is ideal for you.  As you might be able to tell from that, these monthly kits appeal to a wide range of crafters.  I love them for the last reason - they are great when you are in a pinch for a card or project, you can pull something together so quickly and they are super cute - it looks like you spent hours on it, when it was really only minutes. 


And you decide if you want the kit or not - you can subscribe for a month, you can choose from a 3-month, 6-month or 12-month subscription or you can be subscribed month to month and cancel at any time.  With the 3, 6 or 12 month subscriptions, you don't have to get them consecutively - you can pick and choose which months you want kits.  And with the month to month subscription, you can suspend or cancel at any time.  If you are thinking this is something you may want to try, please click here and it will direct you to My Paper Pumpkin Subscription page where you can fill in the information.  If you have any questions I'm here to help.


Remember that next month's kit (October) is our holiday kit, so it will be Christmas themed cards and don't forget to subscribe before October 10th, if you want to receive it.  And if you subscribe under me, I offer a FREE class every month that you are subscribed.  It's the last Wednesday of the month, you bring your kit and I'll walk you through how to make your kits, as well as offer alternative projects and samples to offer you even more inspiration on how you can use up your Paper Pumpkin kit.  The pics below show you what September's kit looks like - so many pieces!  I will be able to make lots of different projects once I finish the 20 crackers!


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Friday, September 18, 2020

Nothing's Better Than Card

I honestly don't know how I haven't pulled out this bundle before now to play with it!  It was part of my very first order when the new Annual Catalogue went live and I'm just making projects with it now.  We've missed so much precious time together, but we've found each other at last, so it's all good lol!  So, today was Coffee's turn.  Can you guess what tomorrow will be?  You're allowed to look back at the previous day's posts - I won't tell.  When I first went down into my craftroom this morning and pulled out all of the coffee pieces, I wasn't very enthusiastic as I thought I had already used up the best part of this set - Cocktails and Chocolate - need I say more?

I looked at my prior projects and saw that I had used pinks and purples for those ones and so wanted to avoid getting too "girly" with this card's colours.  I turned to the Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper as I wanted to stay with the bold tones and the colours in this pack of paper are bold and bright - exactly what I was looking for.  I quickly narrowed it down to the green and blue tones and immediately went for the pattern you see in the picture as I liked the streaks of Night of Navy in it and chose that as my card base.  I wanted to keep the contrast there, so I layered a piece of Granny Apple Green.

And the rest of it just kind of came together.  I will admit I did cheat - the punches for the "You're Just Like" sentiment and "You Make Everything Better" are retired.  I hang onto my retired punches though as you never know when they will come in handy - case in point.  The circle is die cut with the Stitched Shapes dies (a definite staple die set for me) and the coffee mug is stamped on Whisper White cardstock in Night of Navy and filled in with Granny Apple Green.  I die cut the coffee mug out and popped it up with dimensionals onto the Coastal Cabana circle.  There are 2 hearts, one in Granny Apple Green tucked behind the Coastal Cabana heart.  I stamped the 2 bottom corners on the inside of my card as well as the corner of the envelope (they need to feel dressed up too!).  And yes, I cheated again and used a strip of retired braided linen thread from the last mini catty.  It just worked so I used it.

And I nearly forgot, the Coffee lettering is die cut out of the gorgeous glimmer paper.  Hopefully my pictures are a bit clearer and not as dark as they have been so you can see the detail better - I've been playing around with some different lighting and I think I finally found something that works.  Will have to remember and thank Scott for his suggestion and remind him that his light has now been confiscated and is lost somewhere in the abyss known as my craftroom.

Thank you so much for visiting my post today.  If you're like me and are attracted to the brighter colours, I think you will enjoy this card.  If the pastels are more your speed, you will probably find this card a bit obnoxious colour-wise.

If you're convinced that you need this bundle, I have included a list of supplies below and you can just click on any of the images and it will take you right to my online store where you can shop for these project supplies or any other current products that Stampin' Up! offers. 


Supply List


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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Nothing's Better Than Chocolate Treat Holder

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by today!  I'm not sure why it took me so long to pull the Nothing's Better Than Bundle out to play with.  You can make such cute projects with it!  And let's face it, most of us can name off someone we know who loves Chocolate, Cocktails, Coffee and Cookies.  Some of us like all of those (just not all at once, although I suppose if you put Bailey's in your coffee it's technically a Cocktail Coffee?)

Today I made a chocolate treat holder.  This is not my design.  My team leader, Sherry Roth, shared in our last team meeting how to make these sweet treat holders using the Stampin' Up! acetate boxes.  The design is made so that you could hang it on a door knob for someone to come home and find a special treat waiting just for them!  If you didn't need the door hanger part, you could leave the cardstock whole (don't punch the circle out of it) and either decorate this or put a bigger chocolate bar in the box - who doesn't like a bigger chocolate bar lol!

I used one of our new 2020 - 2022 In Colours Cinnamon Cider as the base for the holder and its layered underneath the piece of Plaid Tidings (this designer series paper can be found in the August - December 2020 Mini Catalogue - there are tons of different designs and colours as you can see from the picture below under Supply List).  I stamped the wording on a piece of whisper white using Blackberry Bliss ink and then cut it down to size.  The chocolates are stamped in black Memento Ink and filled in with Early Espresso.  The "Chocolate" is cut out of our Rainbow Glimmer paper - it is soooo pretty in real life!  The scalloped circle around the holder is Melon Mambo.  And last but not least the sequins are part of the Artistry Blooms Suite (but you can order them separately from the complete suite).

I just think these treat holders are absolutely adorable!  I hope you enjoyed today's project and thank you again for stopping by!! 

Product List

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Nothing's Better Than Wine Tag

I had so much fun creating today's project!  If you haven't added the Nothing's Better Than Bundle to your Wish List yet, this week's projects may have you reconsidering.  Just to give you a bit of background on this bundle, it was inspired by one of our Million Sales Achievers - Connie Stewart!  When you reach the milestone of a million dollars in sales, you get the opportunity to work with Stampin' Up! and help in the process of creating a stamp set.  How cool is that?!


I decided to play with the "cocktail" piece of the bundle today and created a wine tag with it.  I've used Blackberry Bliss as my base, punched out a couple of circles in Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo and then stamped the cocktail image in black memento ink.  I then inked the different pieces using Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo and Mango Melody.  I then die cut the image and popped it up using dimensionals.  The sentiment is stamped in Bermuda Bay and popped up with dimensionals as well.


For the lettering, I used our gorgeous Rainbow Glimmer paper.  Again, if this is not in your hand or on your Wish List, you might be missing out!  Just saying.  To make life a little easier, I did use the adhesive sheets before I die cut the "Cocktails" out.  I find with the more intricate dies such as lettering, it makes life easier when you can just peel the backing off and stick it to your project as opposed to using tombow where you have the potential to ruin your project from extra glue sneaking around the edges.  (I may have learned this the hard way!)  I then coloured one of our basic rhinestones with a Melon Mambo Stampin' Blend and Voila! you have a super cute wine tag!





Supply List

Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin' Pad
Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin' Pad

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