October Specials

October Specials

World Card Making Day is Saturday, Oct 1st. and to celebrate Stampin’ Up! is having a special 5 day only sale.  Stock up on card-making essentials during this sale of select items up to 25% off!  Shop HERE.


Also during October we are having a Designer Series Paper Sale!!  For the whole month of October buy three of the listed Designer Series Papers for $11 each and get one free.  This sale includes two packs from the 2016 Holiday Catalog!  Shop HERE.


And don’t forget the Paper Pumpkin BOGO offer for new subscribers – join by Oct. 10 – you’ll pay for and receive your October Kit and then get the November kit for FREE.  Join Paper Pumpkin HERE.


I’ll be back soon with more creations!


Happening This week

Happening this week at Stamping at Monika’s

Wednesday evening join me at the food court in the Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta for a Paper Pumpkin Craft Night.  Bring your September kit, a past kit, or purchase one of my extra kits.  It’s a fun little break in the middle of the week!

On Friday come stamp with me at Card Maker’s Class!  I have a morning class at 10 am and an evening class at 7 pm.   RSVP by Thursday and let me know you are coming.  Come make a couple of Halloween cards!

On Saturday, Oct. 1st I’ll be a vendor at the Bascomb UMC Crop.  I’ll be offering two classes there – a scrapbook class (it’s a Christmas layout), and a “Stamp Out Breast Cancer” card class.

If you haven’t received your Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog yet – let me know, I’ll have them at all three events this week.


Use the Promo Code BOGO at PaperPumpkin.com
Pay $19.95 for October’s kit and get November’s kit FREE.
Offer available to first time subscribers.
JOIN NOW offer ends October 10, 2016.

Happy Stamping!
Monika Davis


Thoughtful Branches

Today (August 31, 2016) is the last official day to order the Thoughtful Branches bundle, stamp set, and dies.  Stampin’ Up! just told us they do still have inventory left and will continue to sell it until that runs out – which could be any time – so if you want it get it before its gone.

I think it is a wonderful stamp set with some great words and versatile images.  My class this month was a ton of fun.  We made a cute box to hold the 4 cards and envelopes that everyone made.  I swear I took pictures of the box but can’t find it with the others.  So for now I just have the cards to share with you.  My plan was to use a variety of the images and dies and show ideas for throughout the year – so I kind of thought of these as various seasons.

For Spring:


This was a quick card using Elegant Eggplant and Old Olive with Whisper White.  A little peek of a doily, the new Petal Burst embossing folder and Elegant Eggplant Bakers Twine.

For Summer:


This idea was from another demo Dena Reko with just a minor change.  I love how nicely the die lines up with the leaves on the tree.  I wasn’t sure at first.  But the die is designed so you can see right through it to the image you are cutting out and line it up.

For Fall:


I love to make cards like this that I call “window” cards.  I used the new Layering Circles Framelits to cut the window in the two front layers.  The trees are stamped on the layer below.  And for these I used the thumping technique – its perfect to create a fall look.

For Winter:


I love how this one turned it – it was a favorite at the class and used a really fun technique.  It’s called Salt Lifting.  And I used that technique over a watercolor wash. This one is done on Watercolor paper and I used Garden Green, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party for my colors.  Everyone at the class had a lot of fun doing this.  Here are a few instructions:

  1. on a clear block – I used the H block for mine – apply ink to the block using all 3 colors – Garden Green at one end, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party at the other end – over lap a tad.
  2. have your watercolor paper ready and I used paper towels.  Lay your block on a paper towel and the watercolor paper on one too. You need a spritzer filled with water.
  3. spritz the ink covered block with water (watch for ink splashing off the block too) then quickly flip it over onto your watercolor paper – if your paper is bigger then the block – slide it across to the other side.
  4. spread salt on your paper – all over or just in spots – let dry – you can speed up the drying with a heat tool if you need to (we did that in class)
  5. wipe off all the salt and finish the card.

You’ll get different results each time.  The ink, the salt, how much water, how much salt, etc. will all give you different results.  Have fun playing with that.

This class was a ton of fun!  Order today so you don’t miss this bundle!


Thanks for stopping by today!



It’s a video! A peek at Halloween

The Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog will be starting soon.  On September 1st to be exact.  Yes it is time to prepare for the holidays but before we start looking at Christmas I wanted to take a quick peek at some of the Halloween products in the Holiday Catalog.

I am trying to start making some videos so that is what I have done for my peeks at this Holiday Catalog.  I think I made 4 videos and I’ll share them over the next few days.  The Holiday catalogs that were mailed out are starting to arrive in mailboxes now and I’ll be handing them out at my classes starting this week.  Ordering won’t begin until Sept. 1st – so for now you just have to make a wish list!

I’m not totally comfortable doing the video thing so hopefully I’m not too boring.  This one is just to give you a better look at some of the products – looking at the pages of the catalog doesn’t always give you the best impression.

I can’t show you the pages of the catalog yet – there are some more Halloween items – the ones in the video are the ones that I have purchased during the pre-order for demonstrators.

So here goes – watch the video on YouTube –

Thanks for visiting!


Box of Hugs

A few months back I signed up to walk in the It’s the Journey 2-Day Breast Cancer walk here in Georgia.  The walk will be held in mid October in Atlanta.  It’s a 2 day walk that is 30 miles long.  I’ve been training to get my feet, legs and body ready to walk that far.  Right now my longest walk has been 10.5 miles.  Monday I’m planning to do an even longer walk.  In addition to the actual walking I have to also raise some money.  So last month I held a Pop of Pink class and $10 from every class fee I put in my walker fund.  I was able to donate $150 to my fund and I’m now half way to my goal!


One of the projects from the class was this sweet little Box of Hugs.  I thought it turned out so cute and would be a sweet gift for someone battling breast cancer or anything else.  We filled each box with about 15 Hugs and on the bottom of each added a little circle of the Pop of Pink Designer Paper.  Since the boxes are clear you can see the bottoms through the sides.  Each box is wrapped with some Designer Paper and tied with Thick Baker’s Twine.  On the top I added the die cut heart and the word hope.  They are both from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.  You could use the same idea for a bridal shower and use the word Love instead of Hope.  Or for a graduation and use Congrats.  Lots of possibilities.


I hope you like this little project.  If you wanted to donate to my walker fund you can visit my fundraising page here.

The other project was a set of cards in a little bag.  Come back again to see that one.

Thanks for visiting.


Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat

Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat

retreat photo

October 21 – 23, 2016

Crafting Retreat

Are you ready to get away from it all?  Leave behind the family, the laundry, the cooking, the cleaning and come join us for a fun Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat.  Come party with us at Monika’s House October 21 – 23, 2016.

Arrive on Friday afternoon – come set up your craft space, bring an appetizer to share with everyone on Friday evening for our dinner.  We will have games and prizes on Friday night.  Make & Takes will be scheduled for Friday night and Saturday.  All meals included on Saturday.  Finish up on Sunday and pack up and head back home in the early afternoon.  We have Make & Take projects planned as part of the retreat – and everyone will receive a Goody Bag with supplies and extras.  And little surprises throughout the weekend!

Bring whatever creative projects you would like to work on.  You will have table space set up for the whole weekend – so bring your scrap-booking, card making, Project Life, laptop for My Digital Studio, Paper Pumpkin kits, jewelry making, knitting – the choice is yours.

I have some space in my house if you want to spend the night here instead of going home or there is a hotel one exit south just a few minutes away.  I will have three Queen beds upstairs, some sofa space,  or we can put an air mattress on the floor.   Or stay as late as you want in the evening – go sleep at home and come back in the morning!

I will send out a schedule and list of what you need to bring at the beginning of March.  This time we are offering EARLY BIRD PRICING – paid in full by Aug 31 – $80.

Regular pricing – due by Sept 30 – $100.

All fees non-refundable after Sept 30. I will be ordering supplies and prizes Oct 1st.

Spots are LIMITED – I am only opening this event up to 12 people!  So reserve your spot today!

Click Here for the Fall 2016 Registration Form

I hope to see you there! 


Artfully Exotic

The Moroccan Suite in the Stampin’ Up! catalog is artfully exotic.  The suite includes a stamp set, Designer Paper, Washi Tape and coordinating ribbons.  You can find it on pages 66-67 in the Annual Catalog.  For today’s card I took another idea from the catalog samples and used that with some minor modifications to create a stunning card perfect for lots of occasions.  I find that the Moroccan Designer Paper has a masculine feel to it so I can create cards that aren’t so girly.


I used Emerald Envy card stock for the base and stamped the large image from the stamp set in Emerald Envy ink for the background.

At the base is a strip of the designer paper and then its tied with the new Emerald Envy Baker’s Twine.

The sentiment is from the Suite Sayings stamp set – it was a carry over from the Occasions catalog and has an assortment of sayings in a variety of fonts.  It is stamped in Delightful Dijon and then cut with the Tags & Labels Framelits.

To finish the card add a couple of the Enamel Dots – I used Emerald Envy for my card, but I think the gold or the Delightful Dijon dots would work too.

Enjoy the day and come back again for a visit.

Remember if you earned Bonus Days Coupons in July that you need to redeem them in August!