October Paper Pumpkin is Here!

By | October 18, 2016

Season of Gratitude

I’m so thankful many stampers took advantage of the Buy One, Get One Free Paper Pumpkin offer last month. Everyone is now rewarded with a beautiful kit of thank you shaker cards that are perfect for fall.


If you haven’t made a shaker card before, this short video will inspire you. The cards may look complicated, but they’re not. The right supplies can help you create a shaker in two shakes and your recipient will be thrilled.

If you haven’t tried My Paper Pumpkin yet, it’s always a great time to give it a try. Learn more here about the options to subscribe. My Paper Pumpkin makes a special gift, too.

Cookie Cutter Design for A Cute ‘n Simple Christmas Card

By | October 17, 2016


Cookie Cutter used to have a negative connotation when it referred to the identical look of houses in a neighborhood. Who would want a cookie cutter house when they could add their own personal flair, right?

Now more negativity for cookie cutter designs thanks to Stampin’ Up!’s Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set. This set with coordinating punch makes it plain easy to create one-of-a-kind card designs featuring gingerbread kids, santas, reindeer and other winter friends. The bundle is super cute!

The Double Z-Fold Card


Paired with the sweet Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper, the Cookie Cutter Christmas Bundle helped me whip this little holiday card in record time. The bold cheerful greeting was borrowed from the Holiday Catalog’s Wonderful Year set of six.

Just Stamp Tips

Keep a crisp, clean design with a Whisper White, Crumb Cake and Real Red color palette. Perfect Christmas colors, right?

Create the Double Z-Fold card by scoring a 4 1/4″ x 11″ AND a 1 1/4″ x 11″ piece of card stock at 2 3/4″ and  5 1/2″.

Fold and burnish the card stock at the 5 1/2″ score line, then flip and burnish the short 2  3/4″ end in the opposite direction.

Adhere the 5 1/2″ portion of 1 1/4″ card stock  to the short flap. Be careful not to apply adhesive behind the areas that will be exposed.

The measurements for the Candy Cane Lane DSP: one 3 3/4 x 5″ piece; two 2 1/4 x 3 3/4″ pieces; one 3/4 x 10 1/2″ piece.

Adhere the gingerbread kids with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Everything else is adhered with flat adhesive (SNAIL, Fast Fuse, Mini-Glue Dots, Tombow, etc).

Comments are most welcomed. Click on Comments at the top of this post to share your thoughts.


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‘Tis the Season for Crafting

By | October 5, 2016


Technically for this happy camper, it’s always the season for crafting. But after 15 years as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I’ve noticed that the changing weather and the intro of the fall and winter holidays sends us all to the crafting table.

Right now, I have three holidays spread across my crafting table. Plus, the perennial birthdays and gratitude greetings. Armed with my picks from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, it’s hard to choose which holiday/occasion to craft.

I present a simple gratitude card created with the Paisley & Posies bundle. It is perfect for fall.


Just Stamp Tips

  • Project colors of Early Espresso, Rich Razzleberry and Mint Macaron were selected with the help of the Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper. The pack includes two single-sided sheets with copper foil built right in the designs.
  • I added a hint of trendiness with Copper Embossing Powder on the flower accenting the sentiment.
  • Soft Mint Macaron sheer linen ribbon unites the colors in the Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper with the Early Espresso cardstock.
  • The Lovely Lace Embossing Folder brings texture to the Very Vanilla top layer.
  • Layer edges were softened with the Project Life Corner Punch.

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Final Day for World Card Making Day Offers


World Card Making Day Sale

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Two Great Sales Start Saturday, Oct. 1

By | September 30, 2016


World Card Making Day is October 1

World Card Making Day was created to remind us that the best gifts come from the heart and the hands. This Saturday, join the bandwagon of papercrafters and let your creativity fly. Next, send your friends and family the personalized cards your dear ones will treasure.N

How apropos! Stampin’ Up! is offering an incentive to get you creating. From  Oct. 1-5, save 25% off selected card making essentials. Check the offerings below.


World Card Making Day Sale


Designer Series Paper On Sale All Month Long

Secondly, from the 1-31st October, Stampin’ Up! is offering a great deal on designer series paper. Buy Three, Get One Free on selected papers in the annual and holiday catalogs. Speciality & Paper Stacks are not included.

Designer Series Paper Sale

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Sweet Treats with Cookie Cutter Halloween

By | September 29, 2016


Holiday Catalog Favorites Create Quick & Simple Favors

Stampin’ Up!’s coordinating bundles are the best thing since sliced bread. In the case of the Cookie Cutter Halloween and coordinating Builder punch, these sweet treats were created in a matter of minutes. I literally just stamped and snipped with a punch, then added a short and sparkly sentiment from the Baker’s Box Thinlits. Thanks to must-haves from the Holiday Catalog, the treats look like I had to buckle down at my craft table.

Just Stamp Tips

Purchase the Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle, then add on the Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set. You will want both, plus you’ll save with the bundle discount.

Nothing adds “WOW” like glitter. The new Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper takes the mess out of adding sparkle with all-over glitter paper. Plus, the spicy color is perfect for the season.

Halloween Night Baker’s Twine includes two spools, each twists a holiday color (Basic Gray or Pumpkin Pie) with Basic Black. You won’t run short; each spool includes 25 yards.

Click here to check out these catalog favorites and more.



Frighteningly Perfect Halloween Treats Class

Note: the location of this class has changed!

Saturday, October 15 • 1 – 4 pm

Studio 5425 • Riverside, CA

St. Catherine’s of Alexandra Church @ Arlington Ave., Riverside, CA

RSVP and Payment by October 1,  2016

Make fun Halloween treat holders using Stampin’ Up!’s new Home Sweet Home Thinlits, Baker’s Box, and Mini Treat Bag.  Plus, we’ll stamp with the Halloween Cookie Cutter, Sweet Home and Jar of Haunts. All stamps, inks, papers, embellishments and tools are provided. Bring your own favorite adhesive: SNAIL and Fast Fuse available for purchase during class. Class Fee: $20

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Elegant Paisleys & Posies with Copper Heat Embossing

By | September 27, 2016



With its raised shiny effect, heat embossing adds elegance to papercrafts. Today’s gratitude card is no exception.

I must add that heat embossing — especially with the super cool copper embossing powder in the Holiday catalog — is challenging to photograph. Lighting is either too dark to highlight the shine, or so light that it blows out the non-embossed images.

Still, I like the heat embossing technique combined with the Paisleys & Posies 18-piece stamp set. The coordinating Framelits Dies and Specialty Designer Series Paper are breath-taking. All together, this makes a beautiful set for fall and Thanksgiving.

Just Stamp Tips

Stamping the center panel using the VersaMark was tricky. I broke the process into small steps, stamping and embossing the paisleys, then stamping and embossing the flowers and leaves in separate steps. This made image placement much easier. It’s too difficult to create a pattern when everything is nearly invisible.

To add color to the images, I grabbed a Blender Pen. To create the paint palette, I just squeezed the closed ink pad. Once opened, there’s a puddle of ink. Dip the Blender Pen in the ink and apply small amounts at a time to the image.

The Project Life Corner punch created a simply layer for the Night of Navy sentiment.

Two elegant embellishments, Mint Macaron 3/8″ Sheer Linen Ribbon and Basic Pearls add perfect accents.




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September Paper Pumpkin is Here!

By | September 20, 2016


Test Tube Treats are Irresistible

Mid-month always brings anticipation. I receive my email telling me that my Paper Pumpkin is on the way. By the 17th of the month, I’m checking down the street to see if the mail carrier is delivering in my area. It’s a sweet time.

Sadly, MY  kit is not here and I’m disappointed because I’ve read many great comments  telling how sweet this kit is. You decide. Click on the video above to view.

Buy One, Get One Offer

If you’re not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, it’s a great time to try it out. Buy one month, get the second month FREE. There is no commitment. You can cancel anytime after your second month.


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It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

By | September 18, 2016


Wonderful Halloween Season

Is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Halloween? Christmas? Back to School? I’m sure it depends on who’s asking who (or is it whom?).

No doubt in my mind, as soon as Back to School arrives, I’m looking forward to Halloween. It’s Back to Peep season, right?

Christmas is wonderful, but if you’re a sugar fiend like me, you can’t beat Halloween. Think of all the treats. And the Peeps!

So the 6-piece stamp set in the “I Want It All” Holiday Catalog named Wonderful Year is probably referring to Christmas. The smaller sentiments mention Christmas and New Years.

But I paired it with another of my Holiday Catalog favs, Ghoulish Grunge, and inked it up for a quick Halloween card.


Just Stamp Tips

Ghoulish Grunge, just five pieces, packs a huge punch. The gauze, the web, the deteriorating brick wall, the runny blood and the worn net — all are fab backgrounders.

Did you catch the Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper on the last-but-not-least page 55 of the catalog? (Sigh) Stampin’ Up! pushes all my buttons.

Grab the Banner Triple Punch to create the banner with a wee 1 1/2 x 3″ slice of Pumpkin Pie Glimmer. Split it after punching for easy handling.

Delicate White Doilies become creepy Black Doilies with a few runs of Basic Black ink and the Sponge Brayer.

Dip a Stamping Sponge onto the Basic Gray ink pad and sponge the edges of the 2 1/2 x 4″ Very Vanilla cardstock to create the vintage look.


Frighteningly Perfect Halloween Treats Class


I would love for you to join me and other Halloween fans to make fun treat holders and greetings to share. Here are the details:

WHEN:  Saturday, October 15, 2016

TIME:  1 pm – 4 pm

WHERE:  Studio 5425, Riverside, CA

Deadline to register is October 1!  To register, click here.

 Supply List for Today’s Project

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Frighteningly Perfect Halloween Treats Class

By | September 14, 2016


Make Fun Treat Holders with New Halloween Stamps and Tools

Every year when I first get my paws on the annual Stampin’ Up! Holiday Occasions catalog, the first section I flip to is the Halloween section. It’s my favorite section, and Stampin’ Up! never disappoints.

This year, I swooned over three products in particular. One: the Cookie Cutter Halloween set that coordinates with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch is stinkin’ cute. I dare you to resist. Two: the Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies and coordinating Sweet Home stamp set makes me smile every time I eye it. Three: Jar of Haunts. Floating eyeballs, peeking mummy. Coordinating Everyday Jars Framelits. Must I say more?

I may as well acknowledge Ghoulish Grunge, the cool Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper, and Halloween Night Specialty Paper.

Every one of these products is included in my upcoming Frighteningly Perfect Halloween Treats Class. I would love for you to join me and other Halloween fans to make these fun treat holders and greeting.

WHEN:  Saturday, October 15, 2016

TIME:  1 pm – 4 pm

WHERE:  Studio 5425, Riverside, CA

Deadline to register is October 1!  To register, click here.

Awesomely Artistic for a Fall Celebration

By | September 6, 2016

Awesomely Artistic Celebrate

Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Cherry Cobbler + Awesomely Artistic = FALL

So long summer.

Boo hoo. With the passing of Labor Day, summer is unofficially over. True, it’s a couple more weeks on the calendar before fall, but the crisp mornings and slightly cooler temperatures mean fall to me. Although I hate to say good-bye to summer, fall is my favorite season.

I love the colors. Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Cherry Cobbler. The colors are one of the most amazing parts of fall. Picture falling leaves and a changing landscape.


Awesomely Artistic Celebrate Zoom


For today’s birthday card, I combined the fall palette, the eclectic art of Awesomely Artistic and the Global Design Project layout. The result is a design that would suit birthday greetings, a thank you note, a thinking of you or sympathy card.

Just Stamp Tips

Designer Series Paper Stacks offer versatile prints that don’t overpower stamp art. I chose the Regals stack with a sheet of Crushed Curry script. Specifically, it measures 5 1/4 x 4″.

Fall colors were borrowed from both the Brights and Regals collections. The Old Olive layer measures 4 x 3 1/2″.

Baker’s Twine is sweetly understated. A slight hint of Crushed Curry with a twist of neutral white forms a simple bow.

A floral spray was inked in Memento Tuxedo Black onto a 4 x 3″ layer of Very Vanilla.

Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits snipped the ornate border created with a simple sentiment borrowed from Thoughtful Banners, a collection which includes 47 words to create a ton of sentiments. The transparent photopolymer stamps make spot-on placement easy every time.

Blender Pens unleash the artist in everyone. Press the ink pad when closed to create a color palette and dip the pen a little, or a lot.



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