Wednesday, May 21, 2014

My Paper Pumpkin - 50% Off Deal

Sign up for June's Paper Pumpkin kit as a new subscriber by May 23rd and get the June kit for 50%. That is too good of a deal to not try for a month! And it's delivered right to your door!!! With a clear block and everything you need to complete the great projects!

What: 50% off June's kit
When: Subscribe by Friday, May 23
Where: and click JOIN in the upper right or call 1-800-STAMPUP
How: Enter the promo code SHELLIDEAL

The kit pictured on the site not the kit for June - it's actually what we got in March. The kit for June is a surprise!

Let me know if you have any questions!

Here are a few cards that I made using the blank cards and ink from the March kit, stamps from several past Paper Pumpkin kits, and a few new products like the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack and the Something to Say stamp set!  I also added rhinestones to the punched elements for a little extra sparkle!

Have a craftastic day,

Monday, May 19, 2014

May 2014 - My Guys and My Paper Pumpkin

When last month's kit showed up with a Mother's Day theme, I was certainly hoping that May would bring a Father's Day or masculine themed kit to my door.  I really struggle to know what kind of embellishments to put on male cards and I always seem to rush to get my dad's card done each year.

The kit itself included 5 photopolymer stamps, including a Happy Birthday stamp that will be very versatile to use on other cards and projects!  The ink spot was Marina Mist and the box contained supplies to make 4 full cards and 2 love notes, all with envelopes. 

I did my Father's Day cards just like the instructions (which, by the way, are now step by step and include a photo which is helpful!)  I did two of them for my dad and my husband, just in case Callie doesn't ever finish the card she's been "working" on for a week!

The third card was a Happy Birthday card.  I put the blue banner sideways and cut it off.  I also put the dimensionals on the back of the Very Vanilla banner instead of the brown banners.

For the final standard card, I cut down both the banners and wrapped the twine around it.  Then I put the candy dots on the outside of the banner instead of on it.

For the love notes, I used the scraps  from the banners I cut down and also cut the banners I stamped a little different than the sample pictures in the kit.

Remember that you can now subscribe for Paper Pumpkin and have it count towards your home party or you can subscribe now for the month and receive the kit of the month instead of a starter kit.

Take care,

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mother's Day Cards - 2014

Yesterday was Mother's Day and while my mother was out of town celebrating with my sister and her family, I was fortunate enough to spend it with my lovely mother-in-law and my aunt, along with my own beautiful children.

At midnight on Saturday, I realized I hadn't finished my cards for my gifts and I whipped out these two beautiful variations of the same card.  I really love our new Blendabilities markers and cannot wait to share them with my customers!  I also am in love with the new In Color ribbons which are beautiful 3/8 Stitched Satin.

  • Paper:Whisper White, Moonlight Designer Series Pack, Rich Razzleberry or Coastal Cabana
  • Stamps: Blended Bloom, Delightful Dozen
  • Ink: Hello Honey
  • Accessories: Hello Honey 3/8 Stitched Satin Ribbon, Hexagon Punch, Hello Honey Marker, Rich Razzleberry or Coastal Cabana Blendability sets, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch.

A version of this card would be a great project for your workshops so let me know if you are interested in hosting anything!

Have a craftastic day,

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

April Paper Pumpkin - Mother of a Kit

A few years ago there was a recruiting special announced at Convention where demonstrators could get a Halloween packet and frame.  I was convinced that Stampin' Up! was going to come out with a frame line to help with our home d├ęcor crafts.  I was wrong and it became a joke between me and my fellow Idaho demonstrators.  April's kit re-ignited that idea with the cute frameable art project, though I know that there still aren't frames in the newest catalog either.

The kit came with a frame and cover and was designed to be a gift.  I'm so keeping mine.  It also came with two big hearts and heart outlines, two banners, 14 little hearts, twine, cotton ribbon, some faceted buttons, and 2 ink spots for Pistachio Pudding and Coastal Cabana.

The first picture is the kit as designed in the instructions.

I decided I'd like to put a picture of my two little cuddlebugs so I used the big heart as a template and cut out a wallet photo of Callie and Michael.

The Happy Mother's Day stamp was too cute to not use for a card for my mom or mother in law so I used the leftover pieces and a little Very Vanilla and Pistachio Pudding cardstock to put this together.  I also used the new Project Life corner rounder on the upper right corner since I needed something up in that space.

Finally, I did a cute little love note to go with another Mom's day gift.  I created a loop on the small piece of Cotton ribbon I had left over and wrapped it in twine.  Then I put a small heart on it with a dimensional.  The square is one of the pennant word pieces cut into a square to make a present.  Then I cut off a row of the Calypso Coral that the small hearts were punched out of and put it behind the present.  I think this is really stinkin' cute!

My Paper Pumpkin is a great crafting opportunity delivered to your door during the third week of the month that includes all you need to complete the project (except scissors and occasionally adhesive).  It works great for those wanting to be creative but that do not want to invest in a full craft room or those that enjoy crafting and like to have a set project to complete when you need it.  If you do the project exactly as instructed, it will take you 30 minutes.  If you want to get a little more creative by combining it with your other supplies, it will take longer.  Each kit includes the photopolymer stamps (clear), ink, project pieces, and instructions.  Past kits include 8 cards, a farmable project with 12 tags, a 12 page mini book, etc.  The stamps in these kits are exclusive to subscribers and not available for general purchase.

A few great updates to this program that I’d like to share.

1 – Prepaid Subscriptions:  Now you can purchase pre-paid subscriptions for My Paper Pumpkin to use yourself or give as gifts.  These subscriptions COUNT TOWARDS HOSTESS BENEFITS which means you can collect them at your parties or pay up your subscription to get those benefits for your own kits!  The codes are below which include pre-paid shipping or you can click this link:
  • 12-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription  - 137861 - Price: $215.40  - Save $2 per month
  • 6-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription  137860 - Price: $113.70 – Save $1 per month
  • 3-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription  137859 - Price: $59.85
  • 1-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription  137858 - Price: $19.95

2 – Changes to Starter Kit: Starting May 11th, if you sign up for Paper Pumpkin, you will not get the starter kit but the kit for that month like everyone else. You will receive a clear block in that package that is thinner than our current blocks and that works perfectly for the photopolymer stamps.  So if you sign up between May 11th and June 10th, you will receive June’s kit!

3 - Another great change is that SU has updated the design of the instructions included with each kit with a photograph showing each step and more. This will make completing the projects simple and fun for everyone.

Let me know today if you are interested in trying out My Paper Pumpkin to see if it’s right for you or having a My Paper Pumpkin party where everyone gets a kit of their own and we all get together to assemble them with the subscriptions counting towards the hostess’s party total!  Or just sign up here!

Have a craftastic day,

Friday, May 2, 2014

Project Life - Catch the Moment

There are a lot of hard things about having a newborn and a preschooler and everyday is truly an adventure!  I find the hardest is making sure neither feels left out even if that leaves me as mommy crankypants sometimes!  Yesterday while working on laundry, I had to get the camera and take some photos of Michael (just turned 2 months) as he was trying to play with Pluto, my oldest daughter's pillow.  Once Callie came in and saw what was happening, she wanted to play and be in the photos too.  The result: very little laundry and a whole lot of laughs.

I thought these photos would work great for my first Project Life layout, which I just started selling and is available for purchase now on my online store.  Project Life is designed for those that want to scrapbook but don't have a lot of time to do it. Sound like you?  It certainly sounds like me these days.  There are five sets of cards and accessories in the new catalog but the one that is available now is called EVERYDAY ADVENTURE (get my earlier comments now?)  :)

Memento Black Ink pad, Project Life Journaling Pen, Variety Pack 12 x 12 Project Life Photo Pocket Pages, Project Life Day to Day Stamp Set, Everyday Adventure Project Life Card Collection, Everyday Adventure Project Life Accessory Pack, Adhesive
Couple of items to note:
  • I used the Project Life Journaling Pens to write in the year as it's not an option in the Project Life Day to Day stamp set.  I also doodled around the white area of one of the journaling cards with it.
  • The accessories that come in the Accessory Packs are fun to play with and would probably be great for cards and mini books too!  In this case,  I put an embellishment cluster on all three cards using supplies from that pack.   The middle features the washi tape that comes with this set - it looks to be Bermuda Bay. 
  • For the top journaling card, I did an embellishment cluster and then also added a 3 x 4 journaling card to the 4 x 6 card so that it had a little bit more going on.  I couldn't find another photo to use or I would have put that there instead. But I thought this was another good way to use the cards together.
Have a craftastic day,

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Sneak Peek - In Colors 2014

There are many perks to being a demonstrator and one of them is the ability to attend exclusive events.  On Monday, mom and I attended the Catalog Premiere at Edwards.  We were gifted the Work of Art stamp set along with our new catalog.  They were short on sets so mom received a pack of In Color cardstock and a DSP pack, after already getting prize patrol for three of the new In Color ink pads (Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, and Lost Lagoon).  Being generous, she gave it all to ME in exchange for a promise to make her some samples.

Callie and I crafted together today and I finished my color comparisons for those three new colors.  I used a stamp-a-majig to keep them aligned, a great tool to use with the Work of Art stamp set featured in these cards!

Blackberry Bliss Sample
Cardstock and Ink: Blackberry Bliss
Chevrons (top to bottom): Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Rich Razzleberry, Blackberry Bliss

Hello Honey Sample
Cardstock and Ink: Hello Honey
Chevrons (top to bottom): So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Hello Honey
Lost Lagoon Sample
Cardstock and Ink: Lost Lagoon
Chevrons (top to bottom): Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Lost Lagoon

I completed my pre-order and will have the other two In Colors (Mossy Meadow and Tangelo Twist) on Monday so I will post the other two samples then!

Check back tomorrow to see the Project Life spread featuring our new products that was done today when my kids needed attention during laundry time!

Have a craftastic day,