Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New Weekly Deals

I love that my mother in law has moved to Boise. Not only do the kids get to see her more, but she can also come over and entertain them on a rainy day so I can do some class prep!  This weekend I have a Mommy & Me class and while I have the idea sketched out, I really need to get the cuts done and have Callie do a test run to make sure it's age appropriate! 

While I'm busy working, I wanted to share this week's weekly deal!  If you order online at my store, please use hostess code 3J4FHRJJ.  Come back tomorrow to see the projects for that camp that you can do with your little ones (or spruce up for an older demographic!)

Have a craftastic day,

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Layers of Gratitude, Layers of Fun

It's time to share last month's Paper Pumpkin samples so I can start working on the March kit!  February's kit was called Layers of Gratitude, but I thought it was layers of fun!

I always make something exactly as the instructions show.  In this case, it's almost exact.  I wasn't paying attention and stamped a circle on the last piece but that's okay since I'll just write my sentiment in there!

The box is decorated to hold the Thanks but wouldn't it make a cute gift card holder? 

My initial idea with this kit was to put together mini scrapbooks that were themed and fit back into the boxes to store on the mantle.  With Michael's first birthday right around the corner when this kit arrived, chronicling his month by month growth seemed like a natural one to start with.  The stamps lend themselves to journaling and coordinate well with pictures based on the colors you choose!

Then just add a strip of cardstock to the side 1/2" wide and write the event or date on it so you can store them side by side. I had so much fun with it that I ordered a refill immediately to do more of them!

As a subscriber, you can order refills too.  That's 8 mini scrapbooks for $7.95....  Order here and use hostess code 3J4FHRJJ.

Another idea came from my friend Angie when we were assembling our kits.  I bought them for birthday gifts and she asked if I had a birthday stamp. Using the Happy Birthday from the December "All Shook Up" kit, we made a balloon out of the circle stamp and made a string using the twine from the box.

When I saw this idea on Heidi Baks' blog, I knew I needed to make a few of them to put in a box to use for birthday cards for Callie's friends.   Just cut the 8 panels into 4 cards.  The envelope was made using the Envelope Punch board and a piece of 6 x 6 Best Year Ever Sale-a-Bration DSP.

I was able to play with techniques on these cards too.

Kissing - when you ink up one stamp and stamp on another.

Rock-n-Roll - when you ink up a stamp, stamp it off, and then roll the edges around the ink pad.

Two Stampin' - Ink up one stamp and stamp off.  Then grab another stamp and ink in the same color and stamp on the stamp.

Two Stampin' / Two Ink - Same idea as above but use a different color.  In this case, the Daffodil Delight and Pool Party spots that came with this kit make green so you just 3 colors in this kit!

Another option is to use the felt left over after the letters are removed to make cards.  I saw this idea on Pinterest from Carrie Rhodes.  Again you can use your Envelope Punch Board to make a great envelope for this one!

There are a lot of things you can do with these kits.  If you are interested in joining my subscribers, please sign up here: https://mypaperpumpkin.com/en/?demoid=80380.

You can also order 3 months of Paper Pumpkin until the end March for only $54.85.  Purchase here using hostess code 3J4FHRJJ. That's 3 months of creativity and you get a free Sale-a-Bration product from the links below.  These subscriptions make great gifts, especially for birthdays and Mother's Day!

Want more great ideas with your kits?  Check out this great Web site and post your creations too!

Have a craftastic day,

Friday, March 20, 2015

Mini Treat Bags for You

Today's projects feature the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies (137547, $39.95) from the 2015 Occasions Catalog. 
This set is well worth the money as it has all these pieces to make the bag and then also to decorate them using coordinating cardstock and designer papers.  Look at all these thinlits!!!
The first project is a gift card holder I designed for my husband's birthday. I haven't yet decided what to give him.  Is it selfish to give him a couple's massage?  Not as selfish as giving me one solo for his special day and leaving him with the kids!  The other option is a gift certificate to his favorite beer store which is where I'm actually leaning at this point.  Either way, it's something he'll enjoy. 
The gift card features the Best Year Ever DSP which is available only during Sale-a-Bration.  The bag and banners use this paper and the For You is using the embossed Simply Irresistable DSP also exclusive to the Sale-a-Bration promotion.  You can get either of these products on my Web site for free when you spend $50 (before shipping & tax).  See your full options below!
  • Cardstock/DSP: Best Year Ever DSP, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Simply Irresistible DSP
  • Stamp Set: None
  • Ink: Soft Suede, Crushed Curry
  • Accessories: Mini Treat Bag Thinlit Dies, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform and Cutting Mats, Dimensionals, Adhesive
Because I had this project done, I thought future gift card holders could just be modeled off of it!  I was asked to design a gift card holder for a silent auction which I eagerly agreed to.  The gift card was for a breakfast at the fire house and needed to stand out on the table.  Since firehouse colors are black and red and I always think of water and stars with fireman, I thought I had a good idea to start with.  But, sometimes you put supplies together, stand back, and go "uh oh."  I didn't like it.
Several hours later, I realized that I needed to pull the gold glitter off and just keep with black and red and finally landed on this project which I really like.  The red glitter paper will make it stand out on the table.  And the droplet paper reminded me of water so how cool is that?  I like how that pattern on the DSP lines up with the center of the stars!  (Note: The white rectangle isn't part of the project but I didn't figure the contact wanted his info all over the internet!)
  • Cardstock/DSP: Red Glitter Paper, Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White, Back to Black DSP
  • Stamp Set: None
  • Ink: None
  • Accessories: Mini Treat Bag Thinlit Dies, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform and Cutting Mats, Starburst Framelits, Brights Candy Dots, Neutral Candy Dots, Dimensionals, Adhesive

When doing these bags, you want to make sure  you put the dies into the Big Shot the right way.  Did you know there is a right way?  These projects taught me that if you look at your dies, they have the word "Sizzix" on them.  Make sure that you can read that, left to right, and that will cut and score your paper.  If you put your die into the Big Shot with the Sizzix vertical, it doesn't cut and score cleanly or tears your DSP!

During Sale-a-Bration, you can choose from several stamp sets and accessories.  Click the links below to see the variety of amazing products. 
Sale-a-Bration lasts until March 31st and then these items are gone!  When you place your online order at my store, please use hostess code 3J4FHRJJ for any orders under $150.

Have a craftastic day,

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Stampin' Up! Updates and Camp Info

Lots of updates since I was on vacation last week.  I'll resume posting samples by the weekend, I promise! 

Sale-a-Bration Promotion:

Sale-a-Bration (SAB) continues through 3/31 so there is still time to purchase what you need and get a little free something to go along with it!  Remember that if you spend $50 before shipping and tax, you can get exclusive SAB merchandise!   There are lots of great options!

Hostess Code for March Online Orders:

This month’s online hostess code is 3J4FHRJJ.  If ordering less than $150 online, please use this code when shopping on my Web site: http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx?dbws=80380

Paper Pumpkin:

Remember that a 3 month pre-paid subscription is still on sale during Sale-a-Bration.  You can do 3 months of Paper Pumpkin AND pick out a free sale-a-bration item!  This item costs $54.85 and that includes the shipping.  If you want to try a single month or know someone who would appreciate this as a gift, you can purchase that for $19.95.  When you sign up, you will receive a code and instructions to activate. If you already have purchased pre-paid items, you just keep the code and apply it after your current subscription expires.  That means it’s a great gift to pre-buy for Mother’s Day, birthdays, etc and then just print out the email to put in a special card.  Gift accomplished! 

Discontinued Blendabilities Markers:

Due to quality issues, the Blendabilities product line has been discontinued.  Stampin’ Up! is working to identify a new alcohol based marker in the future but the high failure rate coming out of the manufacturing company made continuing this product unadvisable.  They are not discontinuing the Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad or refill, thank goodness!

Discontinuing My Digital Studio (MDS)

The company has decided to stop support of the My Digital Studio (MDS) offering.  You have until May 31st to purchase any downloads for the software.  You also have until then to download any of the tutorials or other training materials from MyDigitalStudio.net.  There are other options for printing products out of MDS.  Check out this link for information on migrating to another software if you are a digital crafter.  This is on my to do list for this week so let me know if you have any questions! http://www.mymemories.com/store/my_digital_studio

Unavailable Items:

Currently, the following items are NOT ORDERABLE.  These are not discontinued, but will be unorderable until they receive shipments from suppliers.
• 131262: Regals Stampin' Write Markers
• 126199: Stampin' Pierce Mat
• 137866: Sahara Sand 7/8" Lace Trim
• 137360: Butterflies Thinlits Die
• 139322: Butterfly Bundle (Wood)
• 139323: Butterfly Bundle (Clear)
• 138865: Butterfly Bundle (Photopolymer)
• 137898: Calypso Coral Pompom Trim
• 127811: 1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punch

New Weekly Deals:

Check out new weekly deals here: http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryid=1634&dbws=80380

Mommy & Me Camp:

This month’s class is Sunday, March 29th, at 1pm.  The class is 30 minutes.  We will be making a clear envelope scrapbook and a birthday card.  The camp targets 4-7 year olds and requires a parent to attend to assist.  Cost is $5 and you must RSVP by 3/21 with the name of your child.

10 for $20 Camp:

This camp is full.  You can still have a kit prepped - contact me today for available options.  These cards are beautiful and very flowery and springy!! 

Have a craftastic day,

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Blendabilities Update

I was very excited to see Stampin' Up! put the Blendabilities on the list of available Sale-a-Bration materials this year.  I've been trying to get my customers to try them but am a little possessive of my own since I LOVE them and don't want them to get dried out or the tips bent.

Now that I've gotten so many to try them and fall in love like I did, I have some bad news.  Due to a manufacturing issue, the codes for ordering more Blendabilities Markers are currently unavailable.  I am hoping they resolve the issue quickly but for now, there will be no ordering them from the catalogs or redeeming them from Sale-a-Bration.

Our current markers are still a great product to use with those color happy images and you can also use the blender pens with your ink pads for an even lighter and beautiful coloring experience.  While those products won't color on brads or buttons or ribbons the same as the Blendabilities, you can always come over and borrow mine (under my close supervision of course!)  :)

The timing of this news is unfortunate because we just released FOUR new Sale-a-Bration options only available in March that coordinate with those markers quite nicely.  Now it feels like rubbing it in on those that haven't ordered them yet but you'll love these products!  Click the image below to see the items!


These two stamp sets, vellum paper pack, and In Color Twine and Button pack are going to be very fun to play with - especially if you ALREADY bought the Blendabilities Markers!  Check them out here!  I will be posting my samples later this week!

If you are interested in placing an online order, please use hostess code 3J4FHRJJ upon checkout!

Have a craftastic day,