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Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop...Grown With Kindness


Are you a Paper Pumpkin subscriber?  If you are, then you are in for a treat and if you aren't a subscriber maybe it is time to think about subscribing.  Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Pop-Up Blog Hop!  You will be able to blog hop and see lots of different ideas on ways to us the Grown with Kindness Paper Pumpkin kit for February.


I started with a 4-1/4" x 11" piece of Fresh Fig card stock scored at 2-3/4" and 8-1/4".  I attached one of the photo panels to one side of the card base.  I stamped and colored the fun tea cup and succulent image using a mix of Stampin' Write markers (Fresh Fig) and Stampin' Blends (Mint Macaron, Old Olive, Smoky Slate).  I fussy cut the image but this is not necessary and attached it to Whisper White circle and a Fresh Fig scalloped circle.  Both of the circles were cut using the Layering Circle framelits.  


I used a small strip of Tear and Tape Adhesive to attach the circle to the edge of the card front.  The succulent panel tucks into the circle to keep the card closed.  


Here is another gorgeous picture of succulents that is included in the Paper Pumpkin kit.  I attached the panel to a 5-1/4" x 8" piece of  Mint Macaron card stock scored at 2", 4".   I only applied adhesive to the first 2" x  5-1/4" panel.  The next picture will show you the reason i did this.


It is an easel card.  The panel rests on a label (included in the kit) that is attached using dimensionals, also provided in the kit. I stamped the sentiment, can do incredible things on the label with Fresh Fig ink which is also included in the kit.  Don't you love the sentiment?  I know this stamp will get used a lot.


Hope you liked this alternate idea on how to use the products in the Grown with Kindness Paper Pumpkin kit.  If you are curious about Paper Pumpkin and are not currently working with another Stampin' Up! demonstrator feel free to contact me or check out this link. During Sale-A-Bration the rewards are even greater so this is a perfect time to subscribe  Paper Pumpkin is turning 6 in March and they are giving their subscribers a gift of an extra stamp set so don't miss out.  You need to be a subscriber by March 10 to receive the March Paper Pumpkin kit.  

Now it is time to hop on over to see what Joni Metras has created for you!

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Celebrating 5 Years of Hopping!

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Welcome to the 5 year anniversary of the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop! I thought it would be fun to share some highlights from the past 5 years.  I went through and picked out a few of my favorite projects I shared on the blog hop as well as something new.  Here we go!

Back in March 2014, I made this bag and it still brings a smile to my face when I see it.


In March 2015 I posted this canvas for the blog hop's theme of Home Decor.


I had a hard time deciding what project to show for 2016.  I was torn between this one in January 2016 and this one in March 2016.  Finally decided to share this one from March.


In 2017 it was this card.


Finally for 2018 I chose this card as a favorite.

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It was fun to look back. Now it is time to share what I made for this month.  Since it is the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop's birthday I made a birthday card.


This is a little sneak peek of a new set of framelits called Call Me Cupcake that will be available for purchase March 1,  This new set of framelits coordinates with the Sale-A-Bration set, Hello Cupcake. In this sample I cut out the frosting, the flowers, and the candles with the framelits.  The bright and happy Designer Series Paper is from the How Sweet It Is DSP pack.  


The top sentiment and Happy Birthday  is from the Amazing Life stamp set.  The little cake and Celebrate is from the Tabs for Everything set.

Here is a list of all the fabulous blogs on this month's hop!

Stamper's Dozen February 2019 Blog Hop

  1. Patty Chenail – Stamp-Patty’s - Stampin’ In My Flops
  2. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  3. Bonnie O'Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  4. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  5. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping
  6. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  7. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  8. Jodi Reinert – Stamp with Jodi
  9. Kelly Acheson – A Stamp Above
  10. BJ Peters – StampinBJ

I look forward to more hops with the Stamper's Dozen hoppers.  I know we have a lot of fun themes coming up so be sure to check back on the 15th of every month!

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Sale-A-Bration!

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Welcome to the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  This month we are sharing projects celebrating Sale-A-Bration.  What is Sale-A-Bration?  Sale-A-Bration is a Stampin' Up!® promotion for the months January thru March.  In the US, when you place a $50 order (before shipping and tax) you can choose a gift from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  

On my card today  I am using 2 Sale-A-Bration choices, Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper, Part of My Story stamp set, and the adorable otter from the Hey Love stamp set  in the Occasions catalog.


Don't you think the Hey Love otter and the part of My Story were made for each other?  The otter looks like he is thinking about someone he cares about.  The otter was simply colored using Stampin' Blends.  The black and white check paper is one of my very favorite designs in the Botanical Butterfly DSP. The genius thing about this pack of paper is that one side has beautiful butterfly designs and the other side black and white designs.  

I used the Stamparatus to stamp the sentiment.  I used the hinge step technique.  I positioned the stamp on the Stamparatus,  inked and stamped and then moved the plate to the next step on the hinge and repeated.  It is one of many cool techniques you can do using the Stamparatus.

Here's a look at the inside of the card.


I used another sentiment from the Sale-A-Bration set, Party of My Story.  I love how it coordinates so well with the sentiment on the front of the card.

Here is a list of all the stops on the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop.

Stamper's Dozen January 2019 Blog Hop

  1. Patty Chenail – Stampin’ In My Flops
  2. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  3. Kelly Acheson – A Stamp Above
  4. Laura Milligan – I’d Rather BEE Stampin’
  5. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping
  6. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  7. Bonnie O'Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  8. Jodi Reinert – Stamp with Jodi
  9. BJ Peters – StampinBJ
  10. Rachel Yurkanin – Stamping with Rachel
  11. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  12. Judy Garza – Creativity Released

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Welcome to the Inspire, Create & Share Blog Hop!  This month the theme is Sale-A-Bration.  Sale-A-Bration starts on January 3 and runs until March 31, 2019.  During Sale-A-Bration you can choose  a free gift from the Sale-A-Bration brochure for every $50 (US dollars before shipping and tax) purchase.  This year  there are SO many great choices.  You can choose from stamp sets, specialty paper, dies, kits, DSP and embellishments.

It was a difficult trying to decide what to use for the blog hop. I finally decided on the Hello Cupcake stamp set and the Organdy Ribbon combo pack.


January is a time I need to  replenish  my supply of birthday cards and the Hello Cupcake stamp set is perfect for that.  This 10 piece photopolymer set is a great mix of images and sentiments. Here I stamped it in Balmy Blue and So Saffron.  One of the reasons I chose this color combination is that I could add the cute little bow which was made from another Sale-A-Bration choice, the Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack.  This pack of ribbon has 1/4" organdy ribbon in 5 colors, Balmy Blue, Daffodil Delight, Grapefruit Gove, Highland Heather, and Lemon Lime Twist.  These colors also coordinate with the Gingham Gala 6" x 6" DSP in the Occasions catalog.  

If you need quick and cute birthday cards, the Hello Cupcake stamp set is a sweet choice!  Now it is time to hop on over to see what Cynthia at a Crowning Creation has created for you.

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If you are not currently working with a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and would like a copy of the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration brochures, please contact me and I would be happy to send them to you. 

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...2019 Occasions Catalog Sneak Peek

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Welcome to the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  We have some special sneak peek projects featuring the 2019 Stampin' Up! Occasion catalog to share with you!  It was very difficult trying to decide what products to use to share with you.  The 2019 Occasions catalog is a great one and my list is very long.  

Finally, I decided to share with you this card using the Needle & Thread bundle.  I am  not very talented when it comes to needle crafts but with this stamp set I can create projects that look hand embroidered.  

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This stamp set has fabulous images and great sentiments.  You know I love it when it all comes in one set.  The Framelits are also very special in this bundles.  There is one die that just creates a beautiful design with little holes.  You can see I used it behind the flower images.  Let's be honest this really sold me on the set.  I love that die and it just adds so much to a project.  I also had to buy this bundle because it coordinates with the Pretty Label punch.  There is a framelit that creates stitching lines that line up with the Pretty Label punch.  I love the crossover and coordination between products in the Seasonal catalogs and the Annual catalog.

There is a lot to see on the hop so be sure to check out what everyone has created.

Stamper's Dozen December 2018 Blog Hop

  1. Patty Chenail – Stamping In My Flops
  2. Bonnie O'Neill – Bonnie Stamped
  3. Joanne Cantrell – Keep It Simple, Stampers
  4. Carol Payne – Carol Payne Stamps
  5. Rachel Yurkanin – Stamping with Rachel
  6. Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – As the Ink Dries
  7. Debbie Naylor – Unfrogettable Stamping
  8. Jodi Reinert – Stamp with Jodi
  9. Kelly Acheson – A Stamp Above
  10. Judy Garza – Creativity Released
  11. BJ Peters – Stampin' BJ
  12. Laura Milligan – I’d Rather “Bee” Stampin’

Next week I will be mailing out the 2019 Occasions and the Sale-A-Bration catalogs.  If you are not currently working with a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and would like to receive the catalogs,  let me know and I will send them to you.

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ICS Blog Hop...Peaceful Poinsettias

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Welcome to the Inspire, Create & Share Blog Hop!  This month's theme is Christmas Cards Galore!  I am using Peaceful Poinsettias, one of my favorite bundles  (stamp set/thinlit dies) from the 2018 Stampin' Up!® Holiday Catalog.

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I love a black and white card.  Creating your own black and white plaid is so easy with the Buffalo check background stamps, also in the Holiday catalog.  The little splashes of red rhinestone bling really makes me happy and adds just a sparkly touch of color. 


Now it is time to hop on over to see what Jenilee Pauls has created for you!

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Color Challenge

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It is the 14th of the month which means it is time for the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  This month we are playing with color.  The theme for this month is a color challenge.

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I just realized as I was writing this blog post that the third color is silver foil.  I thought it was just silver so please try and overlook that I used Silver Glimmer paper instead of Silver Foil.  


I used the Beautiful Baubles stamp set and coordinating Detailed Baubles thinlits (aka Beautiful Baubles bundle).   The sentiment is from the Peaceful Poinsettia set.    You will need to use your imagination and see Silver Foil paper instead of Silver Glimmer paper.


You can also see that I used the Subtle Embossing folder on the Powder Pink card stock.  I did stamp the ornament strings and the sentiment before embossing the card stock.  


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Now it is time for you to check out the rest of the Stamper's Dozen blog hop members designs using this color combination.


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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Color Challenge

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Ready for another fun blog hop?  This month the Stamper's Dozen blog hop theme is a color challenge.

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I just received my Holiday catalog pre-order (one of the perks of being a demonstrator, you get to pre-order!)  and I was itching to play with something new.   This was a little bit of a challenge since this color combination doesn't exactly scream Christmas.   I looked through the stamps I ordered and realized these colors just might work with the Beautiful Baubles stamp set.


Don't you love all those colorful ornaments?  I embossed the image with silver embossing powder  and colored the ornaments in using an Aqua Painter and Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, and Melon Mambo ink refills.  I also used a new embossing folder, Swirls & Curls.  This is an embossing folder that can be used all hyear long.  The last sneak peek item is the Merry Christmas to All bundle.  Don't you love the big and beautiful "Merry"?  That was cut using the Merry Christmas thinlits and "Christmas" is from the coordinating stamp set.



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Be sure to hop along and see what the other members of the blog hop created with this color combination.


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Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop-Picnic Paradise

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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 July Picnic Paradise kit.

When I saw this adorable kit and those lovely apples all I could think of was caramel apples.  So, I set about working on making some caramel apples.


How to make caramel:

    * Trace the shape of the apple on a piece of Crumb Cake card stock

    *  Cut a uneven edge to mimic the way caramel looks. 

    * Ink up the "caramel" with Versamark ink and heat emboss it using clear embossing powder. 

    *Repeat the above step one more time for  a smooth and shiny caramel.

Next I had to make a stick.  If you have some popsicle sticks that would be the easiest solution.  If you don't have any on hand here's what I did.

    *Cut So Saffron card stock 1/2" wide by 3-1/4" long, round one end

    *Ink it up with So Saffron ink

    *Insert into the apple and apply the leaves

I trimmed a piece of a plastic bag to fit my apple and used one of the gingham vellum pieces to set my apple on and tied it with the white twine from the kit.  The next thing I did was make one of the baskets in the kit.  I didn't attach the handle so it would accommodate my real caramel apple.  Off to the store I went to get a caramel apple.  Well, I found out that August is not the month for caramel apples so I scoured the shelves and came up with another idea.


Did you know that the cute little cards in the Picnic Paradise kit makes the perfect cover for caramel apple lollipops?!  I followed the directions in the kit for the cards, the only extra step was I punched two little holes.  I inserted the lollipops and tied them up using the twine from the kit.


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A caramel apple lollipop bouquet!!  Wouldn't this be a fun little thank you gift?  I hoped you enjoyed this alternate idea of how to use the Picnic Paradise Paper Pumpkin kit!  Now it is time for you to hop on and see what Shirley has created for you!  I know it will be amazing!

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If you are not Paper Pumpkin subscriber now is the perfect time to try it out!  Contact your demonstrator or if you do not have a demonstrator I would love to help you.  You have until August 10th to sign up for Paper Pumpkin and get 50% off your first box.  What do you have to lose?





Color Your Season-What's New at Stampin' Up! Blog Hop

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Welcome to the What's New at SU! blog hop. We are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrator from around the world who are Hoppin’ With Exciting Ideas to share with you. Today we will feature products from the Color Your Season suite. I know you will find a lot of wonderful ideas  on how to use the Blended Season stamp set,  Stitched Seasons Framelits Dies, and the new Watercolor Pencils assortment 2.


Things you need to know.  The Blended Seasons stamp set and the Stitched Seasons Framelit Dies are only available in August and while supplies last.  The Watercolor Pencil Assortment 2 is also available in August and there is a cryptic note that says they may be available in a future publication. 

The Blended Seasons stamp set has so many beautiful images that are perfect to color using the new Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2.  The images in the stamp set will have you covered for every season.  I couldn't resist the beautiful flowers in the set and thought they would look great colored using the Gorgeous Grape watercolor pencil in the new assortment.   I used an Aqua Painter with the Gorgeous Grape and the Crushed Curry  watercolor pencils to color in the beautiful bloom.


In the Stitched Seasons Framelit dies there are 3 sizes of this great shape.  I love the stitching along the edge of the label.  In fact the the cutting edge of the die is sandwiched between two stitching lines.  The paper you cut the shape from will also have stitching along the outline of the shape.  This makes for lots of possibilities.  The Mossy Meadow leaves were cut from one of the 10 dies in the Stitched Seasons Framelits.  The dies used to cut the "friend" is from the Petals & More Thinlits.


Now it is time for you to hop along and see what the talented Karie has made for you!

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If you have just come from Karie's blog, then hop along this way and see what the talented Jenny has created for you.

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Thanks for hopping along with us and if you have enjoyed the projects shared on this hop be sure to leave a comment!  

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Please contact your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator if you have any questions or to make a product purchase. If you do not have a demonstrator, I would be happy to answer any questions about products, the techniques shown here. you can use the links below to order products from me or join my [stamp ladies] team.


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