Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Week of Wish Big - Why We Wish Big

Today is a very special day for me.  Actually for my parents.  Today is their 43rd wedding anniversary.  I cannot believe they are old enough to be married that long but I guess considering that I'm in my late 30s, that makes sense!  My parents taught me what love is and I can live my life out with my husband without ever wondering if I settled, even if I do wish he'd clean a bathroom every once in a while like my dad does.... :)
But why does that story connect to today's card?  Because my parents taught me to WISH BIG and when I did, I found the love of my life just like they both did.  And I'm thrilled that my two children will get to have this same feeling in the future when they see their daddy and me still so happy after that many years together too!

I didn't use any of the twine or ribbon on this card - I spent all my energy trying to get that WISH on there straight!  The star is up on a dimensional.  Easy peasy, as Callie would say!

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Week of Wish Big - Quickly Thinking of You

Today's project is another unique sample from the July Paper Pumpkin kit.

I think that these cards would look great with embossed images on them from our Textured Impressions Embossing Folders but I was trying to stay true to what was offered in the kit only.

This layout would work for a Wedding or Promotion or Thinking of You type of card.  I didn't have my embossing buddy handy so I left the heart sticker flat but it would look better up on dimensionals.  The die cut strip in the center was trimmed to banners and those scraps used on the tags I posted Monday.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Week of Wish Big - Vertical Thanks

Today I'm posting another unique sample from our July Paper Pumpkin kit.  To see the content in the kit, review this post.
I really liked this card.  I cut a piece of the striped banner to make a banner for the top of the tag and then used it to adhere the tag to the card.  The rest of the card is simple and I am now able to write something profound on the inside because I didn't have to spend a ton of time designing the card!
To add a dimensional to the star, just take one of the edges of the dimensional sheet and cut a piece.  That way you are using ALL of that product.
You could also use any of the tags I shared yesterday on the front of the card!
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Monday, July 28, 2014

A Week of Wish Big - Tags and More

This week I'll be sharing our newest Paper Pumpkin kit with everyone.  The first two samples are the ones outlined in the instructions with the kit.  I needed a birthday card and box so this was perfect timing!

This kit came with a Blackberry Bliss Stampin' Spot, 6 cards with embellishments, 12 die cut tags, 6 boxes, and a bunch of sticky die cuts.  It also included a sheet of silver stars, a spool of White 5/8 Satin Ribbon, and White Baker's Twine.  The stamp set was this AWESOME 10 piece photopolymer set!

As for my unique samples, I started with the cards so I could use the leftovers on the tags.  I recommend using a ruler when putting these cards together to keep the Wish straight.  I had a really hard time with that and kept having to reposition them.  I also recommend using the Fabric Scissors on the Satin ribbon to keep it from fraying. 

I'm showing the tags I made first though so that you can see how they would work if put on a card like a future sample.

Couple of tips:
  • You can use the stars on the tags like stencils and then use the Stampin' Spot to color the tag.
  • Cut up the strips of lines to make banners
  • Use dimensionals to pop up dimensions on the cards
  • Use the Embossing Buddy to rub on the back of the die cuts that overhang off the tags - this will take the sticky off so they won't stick where you don't want them too!

Stay tuned this week for four more card ideas!

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Working on July's Paper Pumpkin

Next week I'll be showing some great new samples using this month's Paper Pumpkin kit!  Check back for five cute projects to help you make the most of the July kit!

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

A Week of Pinwheel Party - 4th of July Wreath

The final project from my week of Pinwheel Party projects from My Paper Pumpkin is my favorite.  I wanted to make a wreath for my door for the 4th but I didn't have any wreath molds or circle frames to use.  So I started playing with the paper straws to see if they would hook together and make a wreath frame for me.  I used the baker's twine to wrap around the center of all the straws to make the frame hold.  Then I stamped with the photopolymer stamps using the banners from the kit and made them wavy using a paper straw to wrap around them.  I layered them with dimensionals to cover up the baker's twine.

I made one pinwheel using each side of the paper - so six in all - and attached them to the paper straws using the brad legs and glue dots.  In hindsight, I would recommend using a hot glue gun so that it will hang on the door and stick together longer than mine did.

This project was very fast and very cute.  I can't wait to make more of them!

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

A Week of Pinwheel Party - Love Note

Today's project is a quicky one!  I hadn't done a card yet with this kit and so I looked at my scraps to see what I could use.   The Night of Navy & Whisper White cardstock was not part of the kit but everything else is!

I cut the paper straw down that came in the June Paper Pumpkin kit and then frayed some bakers twine and stuck it in the top so that it looked like a firecracker! I made it into a love note and then inserted the square of white cardstock on the inside so I could write a sentiment.  I could use this for my 4th of July BBQ thank you note or use for a birthday.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A Week of Pinwheel Party - Mini Book

This week's projects are all featuring items found in the June My Paper Pumpkin kit called Pinwheel Party.  Today's project utilizes the goodie bags that were in the kit to make a mini album for fun 4th of July photos.  The cello bags are 4 x 6 so you can either score your photos 1" in so they will bend or you can use a photo that is 5 x 4 or smaller.

I slipped in two 6 x 4 pieces of Night of Navy cardstock that are stamped with the stars stamp from the kit so that there were covers for the photo. That helped the bow to really pop.  I also inserted the big brads backwards into the book so that I could put part of the paper straw on the front and hold it in place with the brad legs.  I thought it made a more unique binding than the brads did.

As for the bow, this was a lovely accident.  I was trying to duplicate the bow from the You Tube video but I couldn't find it and I couldn't figure out how they cut it.  So I took a pinwheel and cut a 1/2 inch strip from the upper and lower pinwheel.    It just needs to be wide enough to cover the ends of the left and right pinwheel pieces when you fold them in for the bow.   It looked something like this only less crude (I couldn't find my camera when I was making it!) 

Then you fold the two corners of the left and right pinwheel in to make the sides of the bow.  Then fold the upper strip down to cover up the edges where you adhered the pinwheel corners and cut into a V.
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Week of Pinwheel Party - Goodie Bag

All week I'm featuring projects using the Pinwheel Party Paper Pumpkin kit.  Today's project is another featured on the front of the instructions with a small twist! 

The kit comes with 24 goodie bags and I happened to have a few Hersey Kisses left over from another project that went nicely with the red, white, and blue theme.  The kit also comes with clips and baker's twine to help embellish the pinwheel projects so I used the twine to tie off the bag though it's hidden by the pinwheel.

 As for the special part of the project, I cut a small piece off of the red paper straw and flattened it.  Then I cut a banner edge into it and wrapped it around the small clip.  I think it adds a nice little pop of cute color without a lot of effort - my favorite kind of embellishment!

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