Paper Pumpkin Wall Flower

Paper Pumpkin Wall Flower

How did you like the June Paper Pumpkin Kit?  I think it’s adorable and I love the stamp set that came with it.  It seems to me that this kit gave us both feminine and masculine cards – which is nice.  And the lined envelopes are always a treat.  For me I ended up cutting a piece off of the end of each liner – you can’t see it way down in the bottom of the envelope anyway and that gave me some other pieces of patterned paper to use for other projects.  Each month I try to create an alternate card idea using the stamps and ink from the kit and I include that in my monthly Card Maker’s Class.  My Paper Pumpkin subscribers that attend this class can make this card as an extra freebie!


My card for the June Kit features the cute flower and one of the greetings. I wanted to pair it with some other products and decided to use the brand new Brick Wall embossing folder.  It is going to be a fun product and it’s a new size – 6″ x 6″ – so you have the option to emboss in either direction on your card front.  These wide folders won’t fit through the Embossing Boutique that we used to sell – you will have to use it in the Big Shot so it is wide enough.

PP-wall-flowerI added my brick wall embossed Whisper White card stock onto a piece of Tip Top Taupe card stock that I cut for my card base.  The flower is stamped on Watermelon Wonder card stock with Black memento ink and had cut.  The stem is a die cut from the Flower Flair Framelits and cut out of Cucumber Crush card stock.  I stamped my greeting on Crushed Curry strip that was punched with the Triple Banner Punch – you gotta have it, I don’t think I have used a punch as much as I have used this one in the few weeks I’ve had it, seriously not kidding.

I finished the card with some Linen Thread tied around in a bow and a Crushed Curry Designer button added to the center of the flower. I love my linen thread and have it on my next order cause I’m running low – gasp!

It’s a fun card and a fun Paper Pumpkin kit.  I wonder what the July kit is going to be?  If you want one you have to join before July 10th to get that one.  And by the way once you are a subscriber you can buy past kits, so if you love this June kit – once it becomes available you can add that to any Stampin’ Up! order that you place.  The refill is available now and hopefully the full kit will be added in the next couple of weeks.


You can join HERE for a month-to-month subscription or contact me to order a prepaid subscription for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months.  Prepaid subscriptions can also be ordered online in my store!

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Last Day for Free stamps and First Day for Bonus Deals

There are only a few more hours left to get TWO FREE STAMP SETS!  Yes that’s right today JUNE 30th – is the last day for this special offer.  Join my team as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and get $125 in product of your choice,free shipping and two free stamp sets all for $99!  It’s a great way to take a “test drive” and there is no obligation to stay a demonstrator if you don’t want to.  But you’ll be one for the next 4 months at least!  It was one of the BEST decisions I ever made and i have a bunch of wonderful friends all over the world because of it!  CLICK HERE to Join the FUN!

Recruiting_PromotionPage_DBWS_06_02_2015_USPlus today is the start of some bonus deals –


Stampin’ Up! is offering amazing discounts on more products in the Weekly Deals and Clearance Rack this month! Check them out on my website or give me a call to order them.

Just a quick post for you.  I’m trying to move from my old laptop to my new one and it isn’t going as smoothly as I had hoped.  Here is what it looks like –

11222059_1135932183090393_1803179419860225020_nOld computer with instructions for what I’m trying to accomplish and then the new computer with me trying to do it.  I finally got me Outlook email moved over.  But now my calendars are in the cloud somewhere and not on my laptop.  Another task for another day.  All my software was so old nothing looks the same anymore.  New operating system, new office, new word, excel, outlook, everything really.  But I’m clunking my way through it.  In case you are wondering – this post is being written on my old computer.  tomorrow I’ll try to start blogging from the new one.

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Meet Mint Macaron

Meet Mint Macaron

I had plans to start something new on Fridays called Share The Fun.  That is what the front of the new Stampin’ Up! catalog says and my idea was to share a card from the catalog.  In really old catalogs they used to have a list of supplies for every project that was shown in the catalog.  In more recent catalogs it was no longer printed as part of the catalog but was available as a pdf for us to access.  And currently we just have the samples in the catalog without the supply list (unless you look at the You Can Make It ideas those show you the supplies).  I often have people ask what was used to make a particular sample.  So my idea is to try to recreate some of those samples so I can give you a list of the supplies and maybe some instructions too.  Originally I planned to copy them exactly but when I was working on this card I opted to make a few changes – one main reason is I didn’t have one of the stamp sets that they used.  So let’s just say sometimes I’ll make a variation of the sample in the catalog.

mint-birthday-2For my In-Color class the other week I wanted a card that showcased the Mint Macaron color.  When I looked through the catalog I would always return to the card on page 16 – it was simple, clean and very pretty and soft.  It had just a hint of the Mint Macaron.  I decided to use that idea for my class but wanted a bit more Mint Macaron by using that for my card base instead of Very Vanilla like the one in the catalog.  I also had to change the stamp set since I didn’t have One Big Meaning.

Mint-BirthdayHere you can see what I came up with.

  • I used Mint Macaron for the card base instead of Very Vanilla
  • I added the Typeset Specialty Designer Series paper – it’s torn along the top edge and stamped along the bottom edge with the Honeycomb image from Butterfly Basics – to keep the color light stamp off on scratch paper first.
  • My Very Vanilla layer is stamped with the flower from Butterfly Basics – the catalog card looks a bit lighter so I think they may have stamped off first
  • I used the Host stamp set called Happy Birthday, Everyone for my card and stamped Memento Black Ink
  • I tied the Linen Thread around my layer – I just put mine in a different place because of where I did my stamping
  • I finished with the Mint Macaron blossom just like they did
  • They also added some Pearls which I opted not to do
  • Put the layer on the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals

Now you can go make this card – switch out the stamp sets or even the colors for something else and make several variations.

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In-Color Recipes

Do you want to have some recipe ideas featuring the new In-Colors?  I mean real food recipes – not card recipes!

At my New Catalog Kickoff party I wanted to feature snacks that related to our new in-colors since whoever creates the names generally seems to always be hungry as most of them are food related.  So prior to my party I went on a search for some recipes to try and here is what I came up with.

First I had Cucumber Crush Bites –

cucumber-crush-bitesThis was a recipe I had found a few months ago online somewhere and I see it going around all the time.  If you are on Weight Watchers – this works – except for the cream cheese it’s no points.  I used lite cream cheese but you could probably use a no-fat version too.  You can find the recipe here.

The next color was Watermelon Wonder – besides just serving watermelon I wanted to find something else and came across a salsa recipe.  So here is Watermelon Wonder Salsa –

watermelon-wonder-salsaThis one is also great for Weight Watcher’s – the only points are the chips and I got Whole Grain tortilla chips.  You can see the recipe here.

Out next color is Delightful Dijon and for that one you can go a lot of different ways.  I finally choose to have Delightful Dijon Ham Sliders.

delightful-dijon-slidersThis would not be Weight Watcher friendly but I did try to make them a little better with some wheat buns and lite cheese.  I think there are many versions of this recipe around.  This is the one I used – see it here.

Then there is Mint Macaron – which should be easy just buy Mint Macarons.  Well I couldn’t find any around here where I live so I needed an alternative.  I decided on Mint “Macaron” Cupcakes.

mint-cupcakesNow I was hoping to get the frosting to look like our Mint Macaron color but I didn’t have any luck with that.  Mine is just green looking and the frosting didn’t set up like it should have either – probably my fault for using lite cream cheese.  I was trying to make it a bit more healthy.  They still tasted good even if they didn’t look the way I wanted.  See the recipe here.

So the last one was tricky – Tip Top Taupe – not exactly a food related name so I put on my thinking cap and came up with Tip Top Taupe Toffee!!  I thought it was a perfect treat to round out my snacks.

tip-top-taupe-toffeeI used an old recipe that I’ve made before – although usually i make it in the winter time.  I swear in this summer heat it didn’t quite turn out the same – but still yummy tasting.  See the recipe here.

I also served some water that I had cucumbers in so that was pretty tasty.  Everyone enjoyed the snacks.  Now you have your whole in-color menu ready to go!  Enjoy!

Thanks for visiting today – let me know which recipe is your favorite.


Hello Watermelon Wonder

Hello Watermelon Wonder

Last week I started sharing the cards from my Hands On Stamping Class introducing the new In-Colors.  We met Cucumber Crush and now we are going to say hi to Watermelon Wonder.  The two of them go together very well and were perfect for this card.

So-sweet-watermelon2I used both colors to create a slice of watermelon!  Yum!

I stamped with my Gorgeous Grunge stamp set – the lines on the watermelon rind and the texture for the inside of the watermelon.  I added seeds – they are the little candle flame from the Cupcake Punch.

So-sweet-watermelonA little bit of washi tape along the bottom of the card – that’s from the Cherry On Top collection.  And then the new lace ribbon in Watermelon Wonder.  So sweet!

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It’s time to try a challenge

It’s been a really long time since I’ve played along with any of the challenges that are out there.  Every day there are demos from all over the world doing various challenges.  I used to play along with a few but haven’t really done it in a long time.  Some of my friends have started a new challenge group and I finally decided to play along with one.  It’s and interesting one – not the normal challenge that most sites have.  This one limits you to only certain supplies and you can’t go outside of that – there is a “basket” that you have to use a certain number of items from and then a “pantry” that you can pull from if you need to.


This basket of supplies was really not what I would normally pull from – the colors are not the norm for me.  But hey it was a challenge and I was up for it.  I did begin to realize that what I was seeing is that we were limited to Whisper White card stock  (from the pantry) – well gold foil was an option too but I didn’t use any.  Here is the basket of supplies:

td01 basketWe had to use at least 4 – I used the Hello You Thinlits, Work of Art stamp set and the Blushing Bride and Blackberry Bliss ink.

TGIFCTD01-card-1It turned out to be a very clean card – with all that white.  I cut the “thanks” from the Hello You thinlits and then cut off the ‘s’.  I actually cut two of them.  One I placed on the card from and then stamped over it with the big swoosh from Work of Art and the Blushing Bride ink – it left a white “frame” around where the word was.  I took that one off and used the second one and stamped it with the other swoosh and Blackberry Bliss ink – I covered almost all of it but if you look really close there are tiny white spots still visible.  I cut thin slivers of dimensionals (adhesive is in the pantry) to put on the back and adhere it into the “framed” space.  I decided to tie a little piece of White Bakers Twine (also from the pantry) on my word.  I stamped the “you” from Work of Art and then layered the white piece on a Whisper White card base.  That was all of it.

tgifctd01You can find this Tuesday Throw Down challenge here if you want to play along too.  Now to save my post and then go link it up on the challenge.

Here are the supplies that I used:

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Hello Cucumber Crush

Hello Cucumber Crush

Last week I had a Hands On Stamping Class introducing the new In-Colors.  One of the new colors is Cucumber Crush – a bright green.

cucumber-2The Cherry On Top Paper Stack includes this color so I used strips of different prints from the pack all cut to 1″ wide and used the new Triple Banner Punch to make them all into banners.  Attach them all to a piece of Whisper White card stock.  On the bottom I stamped using the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set.  Add a card stock strip of Cucumber Crush and some of the Crushed Curry Baker’s twine across all the strips and add attach the whole layer to a Cucumber Crush card base.  A pretty quick and easy card with that new punch.

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