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March 2020

Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Blog Hop...No Matter the Weather


Welcome to the Paper  Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop! We are all fans of this monthly crafting kit and want  to share with you our enthusiasm for this box of fun and creativity. The beauty of the Paper Pumpkin kit is that you can follow the directions provided in the  kit to make the projects as they were designed, or use the supplies as a  starting point and let your creativity run wild. On this hop we will be sharing  lots of ideas with you on how to use the March Paper Pumpkin kit: No Matter the Weather.

This kit has got to be one of the best Paper Pumpkin kits ever!  It is amazing how perfect the stamp set is for what we are going through in the world right now.  In addition the die cuts are just so cute! To make things even better there's a bonus stamp set included that is full of fabulous images including a pair of flowery boots that I would love to wear.  


I have been wanting to make a Quarter Sheet Pop Up card.  On this card I used the die cuts and sentiment from the kit and added the grass/cattails using the Friendly Silhouettes dies.  There is a lovely grass image in the bonus stamp set but I was being a bit lazy and didn't want to fussy cut.  This grass/cattail die from the Friendly Silhouette dies is one I am very fond of.

Here are the details on how I made this card.

  • Adhere 2 of the same note card together so that you have a larger background design.
  • Trim the note cards to equal 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" with the fold (seam where you joined the 2 cards) in the center (2-3/4")
  • 1-1/4" x 4-1/2" Balmy Blue strip, score at 1/2", 2-1/4", 4"  decorate using the die cuts.  Center the 2-1/4" score line with the center fold of the card.  Attach the tabs to the card base. 
  • 1/2" x 6-1/2" Shaded Spruce strip, score 1/2" at both ends.  
  • 2-1/2" x 5-1/2" Shaded Spruce strip cut using the Friendly Silhouettes grass/cattail image.  Adhere the grass/cattails to the back of the 1/2" x 6-1/2" strip and inside of the 1/2" score lines.
  • Stamp the sentiment in Basic Gray ink (included in kit) and attach the heart die cut.  Add glitter to heart if desired.  Attach it to the front of the 1/2" x 6-1/2" strip.  Adhere the strip (1/2" tabs) to the front of the card.



This card lays flat to mail (since it is 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" it does not need to be folded and fits in an A-2 envelope).  The card stands up nicely.  The 2 strips bow out creating a nice pop up effect.


Are you currently a Paper Pumpkin subscriber?  If  not, now is a great time to join in the fun.  Contact your demonstrator to get started or  CLICK HERE* to subscribe.

Thank you for joining us as we share with you the possibilities of Paper Pumpkin, now hop over to  Janey Backer's blog to see her fun creation.


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PS If you are one of my Paper Pumpkin subscribers and want to make this card but do not have the Friendly Silhouettes dies, contact me!


Rise & Shine Flowers

How are you?  Hope you are well!  Time for a card that uses 3 different Sale-A-Bration offerings.   Ready?


Can you guess the Sale-A-Bration products I used?  If you guessed Rise & Shine stamp set, Thoughtful Blooms stamp set, and the Small Bloom Punch, you would be correct.  I also used the Birthday Dies (sadly sold out) from the Coordination Product Release. 

Years ago my husband gave me a weekly subscription to a little floral bouquet.  Every week the florist delivered a small little arrangement that brightened my day.  It was fun to see what would arrive and it really was a lovely treat.  Today's card reminded me of those little bouquets.  When I send this card I hope it will brighten someone's day.


Here's what I used.


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Have a great day!  I am going to sit down and write a bunch of cards.  Hope to brighten someone's day and spread a little joy.  Hope you will join me and do something big or small to bring a smile to someone's face.

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Rise & Shine

How are you?  Hope you are doing well.  I made it a full 7 days of posting here!  It hasn't always been early but I am giving myself some grace and just working on sharing something here everyday.   Today's project was one we made at the last face to face event I did.  It seems so long ago, when in fact it was less than 3 weeks ago. How things have changed.


This is a sleeve for the Acetate Card Boxes.  We used a sponge brayer to color the Flowering Foils Specialty Designer Paper and attached it to some Grapefruit Grove cardstock.  Grapefruit Grove is one of the 2018-20 In Colors and I really like how it plays so nicely with Petal Pink and Calypso Coral.   We stamped the mug from Rise & Shine (Sale-A-Bration 2020) and cut it out using the Cup of Cheer dies.  

Wondering what's inside the box?


A package of Mug Treats along with a spoon!  This particular treat is a Cinnamon Roll Cake Mix and even comes with a little package of topping.  This would make a great little sweet gift and since you are starting with an acetate box, quick to make too!


Remember Sale-A-Bration and the Coordination Products ends on March 31!  Have a great Sunday and thanks for stopping by.  

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Flowering Foils

How are you?  Hope all is well with you!  Just a few more days left of Sale-A-Bration and yet so much more I want to make and post using those fabulous products.   The products I am playing with today were part of the 2nd Sale-A-Bration release. 


The Flowering Foils Specialty DSP and the So Very Vellum Specialty DSP look so good together.  I colored in the background of the Flowering Foils DSP with the coordinating Stampin' Blend which makes the beautiful silver and rose gold flowers really stand out.  The So Very Vellum DSP is still available as a Sale-A-Bration choice but is currently backordered and expected back in around the 2nd week of April.  The pretty vellum is worth the wait.  You get 2 sheets of embossed vellum in 3 different colors: Pool Party, Purple Posy and Soft Sea Foam.

The pretty frame is in the Ornate Layers dies which can be bundled with the Ornate Style stamp set or purchased separately.  The entire Ornate Garden Suite will be available for customers to purchase on April 1.  

The label is from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies found in the January-June 2020 Mini Catalog and the "hello" is from the Timeless Tropical stamp set.  


This card is for you while you wait for the So Very Vellum DSP to arrive.  Here I used the Perennial Essence Vellum Cardstock in Petal Pink.  The vellum was embossed using the Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder, part of the Ornate Garden Suite.  I think it would also be pretty embossed using the Parisian Flourish 3D Embossing Folder.  

Remember to check out all the recently added products for Sale-A-Bration.  You can see them here.  Lots of great choices to choose from!  Just be sure you place your order by 10pm (MT) March 31 but it would be better for you not to wait till the last minute to avoid items being sold out. 

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Our Talks...

How are you?  Hope you are well.  Today is day 5 of my blog everyday challenge.  I am quickly burning through my stash of cards that I made a while ago that  I forgot about sharing.   Today's card is perfect for this crazy time we are going through!


Even if you cannot meet face to face like these two, I hope you have been having some priceless talks during this crazy, scary time.  These two cuties are from the Special Someone stamp set and cut out using the Special Days Dies.  The Special Someone set is in the January -June 2020 Mini Catalog and the Special Days Dies are part of the Coordination Product Release.  The Coordination Product Release will be ending on March 31 (the same as Sale-A-Bration).  The large circle and flowers, Sending Flowers Die is also from the Coordination Product Release.  The sentiment can be found in the Thanks for the Laughs set in the January-June 2020 Mini Catalog.


  • The Old Olive cardstock 4-1/4" x 6-1/2" scored at 1", 5-1/2"
  • The middle layer (Whisper White) is 4-1/4" x  5-1/2", scored at 1/2", 5"
  • The back (Balmy Blue) is 4-1/4" x 5-1/2", scored at 1/2", 5"

Stay well my friends and do something creative today!

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On to Adventure

Time for the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge!  This week we have a color challenge.


I haven't played with the On to Adventure stamp set in quite a while and knew that it would be fun to color my favorite character from the stamp set using these colors.


I did a little masking and have her holding balloons instead of her suitcase.  The balloons are from the Special Someone set and cut out using the Special Days dies.  The Special Days dies are part of the Coordination Product Release and like Sale-A-Bration will end March 31.  I have had so much fun with the set and the coordinating dies.


The sentiment is from the For the Love of Felt stamp set which coordinates with the For the Love of Felt Project kit.  The For the Love of Felt Project kit is one of my favorite kits.  The cards you make are so pretty and you can choose to make them exactly like the kit directs or do your own thing.  A kit may be just what you need during this time of social distancing.  You can order it and other paper crafting supplies directly from my online store and have it delivered to your home.  

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Follow Your Heart

How are you?  Hope you are well.  I am working on blogging every day while I am socially distancing.  I would like to be days ahead but that is not yet the case.  It is taking me some time to adjust to the new normal.  


Here are the details:

  • Pool Party CS card base 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4"
  • Lily Impressions DSP cut at 4" x 5-1/4"
  • Pool Party  CS 3-1/2"  x 4-3/4" 
  • Use the butterfly from the Springtime Impressions die and cut out on the 3-1/2" x 4-3/4" Pool Party CS
  • So Very Vellum Specialty DSP in Pool Party 2-1/4" x  4-1/4" cut out the butterfly.  The So Very Vellum DSP has sold out but you could use Cardstock Vellum or the Pool Party butterfly you cut in the prior step
  • Stamp the sentiment from the Parisian Beauty stamp set in Tuxedo Black Memento ink
  • Layer the Lily Impressions DSP on to the Pool Party card base.  Layer the Pool Party cs with the butterfly cut out on to the Lily Impressions DSP.
  • Apply a glue dot or 2 to the body of the Vellum butterfly and adhere it in the cut out.
  • Color the rhinestones using Calypso Coral Dark Stampin' Blends


I added a strip of DSP to the inside of the card and some additional butterflies cut using the Butterfly Beauty dies.  

We are in the final days of Sale-A-Bration and we may begin to see more items sell out so be sure to place your order sooner rather than later.  If you need assistance please contact me.

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Under My Umbrella

How are you?  Hope you are doing well.  Today's card uses the adorable Under My Umbrella bundle


Yes, I have a thing for gingham umbrellas.  This time it is in Flirty Flamingo.  The cute white flowers is from the Lovely Flowers dies and "friend" is from the Well  Written dies.

I have to tell you that the 3rd Release for Sale-A-Bration has begun!  There are 9 additional choices for the last week of Sale-A-Bration.  Yes, Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31.  

Here are the Recently Added Sale-A-Bration choices, Free with a $50 order.

SAB3-boxes  SAB3-redrhinestones
SAB3rococorose (1)
These are the recently added Sale-A-Bration choices, free with a $100 order.
SAB3butterflypunch (1)  SAB3wildrosedie (1)
Remember Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31, so don't delay.  If you need help placing your order please contact me.  Thank you!
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Painted Poppies Tag card

How are you?  Hope you are doing well!   I have a quick and simple card for you today.


Here's the scoop on this card.

  • Card base-4-1/4" x 11"  Thick Whisper White, scored at 5-1/2"
  • Black & White Stripe DSP-2" x 4-1/4"  (You can find the stripe in the Golden Honey Specialty DSP (SAB unfortunately sold out) and in the Botanical Prints Product Medley)
  • Black CS strip-1/2" x 4-1/4"
  • Tag 2-1/8" x 3-3/4" Whisper White.  I used the Bonanza die (currently not orderable but hopefully it will be orderable soon)
  • Poppy image from the Painted Poppies stamp set colored with the Real Red and Old Olive Stampin' Blends
  • Red Rhinestones
  • Thanks from the Ornate Thanks stamp set (early release April 1)


This is a simple layout that helps you use those little strips of DSP that you just cannot throw away and also strips of cardstock.  Tell me that I am not the only person who has trouble throwing out strips of cardstock.  This also is a great card template if you do not have a lot of supplies.  

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Positive Thoughts Notes

How are you?  Hope you are doing well.  These are strange times we are living in.  We are practicing social distancing and I spend most of my time at home.  I go out for walks and maybe to the grocery store but otherwise I am home.  So far, so good.  I am very happy that I have a lot of creative projects to work on. I decided that I also needed to use this time at home to work on little projects around the house.  I started a list of projects and decided to make a pretty cover for my list.


This little notepad is half of a mini legal pad and I happened to have some in my stash of projects to work on.  I used the Festive Friday #FF0055 Inspo list to help me decide how I was going to decorate it.  


I chose rainbow (rainbow of butterflies),  glitter/glimmer (Sparkle Glimmer paper) and rhinestones.  To play along with the Festive Friday Challenge all you need to do is use 3 of the elements from the Inspo list and upload it to the gallery.  There are a few other rules that you can see HERE.  It is easy to play along and the design team loves to see what you are making!

Be sure to  check out what the rest of the design team created for #FF0055.  Each member of the design team creates a tutorial or video for their project.  If you would like to make a Butterfly Rainbow Notebook CLICK HERE for a tutorial.  

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! All of the products I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

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The Host Code for March is PFZWJCN3.  When you place a Stampin' Up!®  order using this code I will send you a project tutorial.  If your order is $50 or more I will also send you 2 card kits with a tutorial and a completed sample as a thank you gift.

Please do NOT use the host code if your order is over $150 (before tax and shipping). You will earn host rewards from Stampin’ Up! AND you'll also receive a project tutorial and a gift from me.