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ICS Blog Hop...Friend Like You

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Welcome to the Inspire, Create & Share Blog Hop!  This month we are focusing on Beautiful Bundles.  What does that mean?  In the Stampin' Up!® catalog there are bundles of products which are typically a stamp set and either a punch or dies.  You can see all the bundles starting on page 4 of the Annual Catalog.   I chose to focus on the Friend Like You bundle.

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This bundle intrigued me.  I love a set with images and sentiments especially if the sentiments are a little different.  This bundle of products will be featured on my blog in a Product Spotlight soon.  


This is a bridge card and does fold flat for mailing and makes a great stage for a scene. This is a typical scene here in the Pacific Northwest.  I have way too many pictures of herons.  They still make me very happy when I see them while out on a walk.   The heron silhouette is from the Lakeside dies but I couldn't resist adding him to my scene.  

Here are some basic measurements.

    Card base- 4-1/4" x 7-1/2" scored at 1-1/4", 2-1/2", 5-1/2" &  6-3/4"

    Bridge- 1-1/4" x  5-1/2"


The middle panel and sentiment was sponged using Mossy Meadow, Crushed Curry, Mango Melody, and Terracotta Tile.  Love this technique and it is easy to do. 


On the back of the middle panel I have a 2-3/4" x 4" Whisper White panel where I can write a little note.  I love that this card is stable enough to stand on its own and yet folds up nicely for mailing.

It is time to hop on over the see what the talented Audra Monk has created for you.

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Friend Like You Bundle
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin' Pad
Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad
Mango Melody Classic Stampin' Pad
Terracotta Tile Classic Stampin’ Pad
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Mossy Meadow 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Garden Lane Designer Series Paper
Lakeside Dies
Layering Circles Dies
Stamping Sponges
Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine



Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Blog Hop...On My Mind


Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Blog Hop!  We all are fans of the monthly Paper Pumpkin kit and have joined together to share ideas on alternate ways to use the July 2019 Paper Pumpkin kit, On My Mind.  

This month's kit was a special one.  There were supplies to make 9 cards , 3 each of 3 designs with coordinating envelopes.  The 3 different designs coordinated with 3 different suites in the Stampin' Up!® Annual catalog.  The 3 suites: Woven Threads, Garden Lane and Come Sail Away.  


I have the Sailing Home bundle and added a few extra elements for my card.   I stamped and cut the anchor in Pear Pizzazz and the seaweed in both Pear Pizzazz and Mossy Meadow.   The rest of the elements were included in the kit.  


Easel cards are easy and fun to make.  I think this is the first time I have added a long message strip.  I like that when the card is closed you cannot tell that the strip will be "floating".

Well, it is time to head over to see what the talented  Darla Watson has created for you!


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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Color Your World

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Thanks for stopping by for the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  This month we are hopping a week later than usual.  Our theme this month is Color Your World.


I decided to use the beautiful Band Together bundle for my project.   I realize my card is not the most colorful one I could have made but it is one that uses a coloring technique that I am having a lot of fun with.  I am terrible with the names of techniques (and folds) so let me just tell you how to do it instead.  

Stamp your image using VersaMark ink on colored cardstock.  I used Crumb Cake card stock.  Color in the petals with a Chalk Marker.  In the past I have used watercolor pencils to color the image but I thought I would try coloring with Stampin' Blends and it works too!  I used Calypso Coral, Mango Melody, and Flirty Flamingo Blends to do the coloring.


I also used the new Scripty 3-D folder to emboss the front of the card.  This is another must have embossing folder.   It adds just a little bit of interest and texture just like the Subtle folder.  All the rest of the die cuts and label are part of the Band Together bundle.  

Here's the list of the other stops on the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop.  Enjoy!

Stamper's Dozen July 2019 Blog Hop

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

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ICS Blog Hop...Punch Me Out

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Welcome to the Inspire, Cerate, & Share Blog Hop.  This month we are focusing on Punches!  One of my favorite new punches is the Medium Daisy Punch.  This new punch is a must have.  It coordinates with the Daisy punch and the Daisy Lane stamp set.


The Medium Daisy punch can be purchased as part of a bundle with the Daisy Lane stamp set or byitself.  The daisies were stamped in Melon Mambo ink and punched out using the Medium Daisy punch.  I stamped and punched it twice for each flower.  The Leaf punch was used to create the Granny Apple Green leaves. 


The background was created using the new Birch background stamp inked with Crumb Cake ink.  The Birch background stamp is beautiful and one of the first things I ordered from the new catalog.


The centers of the daisies were created by inking Granny Apple Green card stock with VersaMark and embossing it with a mix of Clear Embossing powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  A layer of Fine-Tip glue was applied over the centers to create a slightly dimensional and glossy finish.

Now it is time for you to check out what Cynthia has created for you.

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Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Blog Hop: A Little Smile


Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Blog hop.  We are hopping to share with you alternate ideas on ways you can use the June Paper Pumpkin kit, A Little Smile.

This month's kit is all about sharing a little kindness and appreciation.  I decided I wanted to make a little gift card holder for my hairdresser who is going on a little trip.  She is going somewhere tropical so this kit was just perfect and I had the perfect gift card too.


You know what really made me happy?  The Paper Pumpkin kit had everything I needed.  I didn't use anything other than what was in the kit and it is a quick project!  Follow along and we can make it together.



I took 2 envelopes and attached one flap of one to the other.  You now have two pockets to use.  


I cut one of the little card in half and used the die cuts and stamps to decorate the cards.  There are a lot of different die cuts to use and I love the variety from vellum to glimmer!  This kit has a generous amount of die cuts.


A gift card fits perfectly in the envelope!  Remember you have 2 pockets so 1 can be used for a gift card and the other for a little note or even another gift card.

Now it is time to hop on over to see what the talented Janey Backer has created for you!


I hope you enjoyed my alternate idea on how to use the A Little Smile Paper Pumpkin kit.  If you are not currently working with a  Stampin' Up! demonstrator and have some questions and/or are interested in Paper Pumpkin, I would be happy to help you.

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Welcome to the New Catalog

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Welcome to the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  We are hopping and sharing projects using new products from the 2019-20 Stampin' Up!® Annual Catalog.

It was hard to decide what to share with you.  There are so many beautiful new things in new catalog. I decided I would highlight a new In Color, Rococo Rose, a new bundle, Daisy Lane, and a new die, Tasteful Backgrounds.


When I first saw the Tasteful Background dies I was intrigued and knew I would be ordering it.  I love the peekaboo effect these dies offer.  This die is about 3-7/8" long.  I wanted to extend the design so  after I ran it through the die cutting machine once I fit the die back and ran it through the machine again extending the design  by 2 scallops.

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I layered some Sparkle Glimmer paper behind the design for some additional shine.  


I am loving the new In Color, Rococo Rose.  I haven't played with the new In Colors enough and really need to do so.  Rococo Rose paired with Old Olive  just makes me happy.  

Be sure to check out the rest of the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop.

Stamper's Dozen June 2019 Blog Hop

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


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Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Blog Hop...Sentimental Rose


Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Blog Hop! 

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly crafting kit.  The beauty of Paper Pumpkin is 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 take over. On this blog hop we will be sharing lots of ideas with you on how to use April's Paper Pumpkin kit: Sentimental Rose.  This kit includes an awesome stamp set, 9 note cards and envelopes, acetate card box, lots of labels/die cuts, and embellishments.  

I have 2 different projects to share with you .  This first alternate project uses just the products that come in the Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin kit except for an additional scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.


This flower trio is so pretty!  The flowers are printed on the panel and so are the splatters.  I stamped the leaves with the Gray Granite ink spot that is provided in the kit and applied the 3 enamel dots. 


Yes, it is an easel card!  I scored the front of the card base in half at 1-3/4".   The only other alteration I made was to cut the white corrugated piece so it measured 3-1/2" x 3-1/2".  I stamped the sentiment on the label die cut from the kit and stamped the leaf on the scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  The label and the leaf are popped up using the provided dimensionals.


One of the things that makes this kit so special is the stamp set.  The stamp set contains 7 sentiments and 3 image stamps.  The flower image in this stamp set is  so pretty,   which is what inspired me to make my second set of projects.  These are a little more time consuming and do require extra supplies.  I wanted to play with the flower images and really show it off.


The colors I used are Fresh Fig and Powder Pink.  They are both retiring In Colors and I am going to miss them.  

First let's talk about the box.  I used the Window Box Thinlits which are on the Retiring List.  You have the option of cutting out the design on the top of the box or not.  I chose to cut it and line the top with vellum.  I stamped the flower image 3 times in Fresh Fig ink on Powder Pink card stock.  I fussy cut the flowers to create 3 sizes of flowers.  I built the flower using dimensionals between each layer to create height and dimension.  In the center I placed the largest Clear Faceted Gem.  The leaves were stamped and cut out using the Rooted in Nature bundle.  This stamp set and dies will be in the upcoming catalog but no longer available as a bundle.  If you have been wanting this bundle you can save 10% if you buy it before the 2018-19 catalog ends.

The card is note card size (3-1/2" x 5" and mailable).  The base is Fresh Fig and the layer is Powder Pink.  The flower stamp was inked in Fresh Fig ink and stamped off once before stamping on the Powder Pink layer.   I stamped the flower again on a piece of Powder Pink card stock in Fresh Fig ink.  I cut out the flower and lightly sponged the edges with Fresh Fig ink to soften the cut edges and attached it using dimensionals.  The leaves again were stamped and cut in Old Olive ink on Old Olive card stock using the Rooted in Nature bundle. 

Hope you enjoyed the 2 different ideas of ways to use the Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin kit.  Now it is time to hop on over to see what Janey has created for you!


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Next month there is a very special Paper Pumpkin kit, the Hugs from Shelli kit.   Shelli Gardner (co-founder of Stampin' Up!) worked closely with designers and concept artists to create a Paper Pumpkin kit that is uniquely hers. It includes an exclusive photopolymer stamp set, paper and crafting materials to create 12 cards (3 cards of 4 unique designs), 12 exclusive, coordinating envelopes, and a Classic Stampin’ Spot.  To receive this very special kit you must sign up for Paper Pumpkin by May 10th.  You won't want to miss this kit!

If you are interested in subscribing to Paper Pumpkin and do not have a demonstrator you are working with, I would love to be your demonstrator.  You can use this link to sign up for Paper Pumpkin or contact me and I would be happy to help you.  


Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Poppin' Birthday


Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Blog Hop!  Did you notice the cute new name?  Why the name change?  This blog hop is no longer a pop up hop and is now a monthly hop!  On the 4th Tuesday of every month at 6 pm, please  join us as we showcase alternate project ideas using the  Paper Pumpkin kit by Stampin' Up! 

This month Paper Pumpkin celebrated its 6th birthday!  In addition to the Poppin' Birthday stamp set subscribers were also treated to a free stamp set, Counting the Years!   The cards in this month's kits are so cute!  They are birthday present pop ups!  The cards (8 of them!) are simply adorable.  Instead of making a card i decided to make a little gift to go along with the cards in the kit.


What do you think?  Aren't these Sweet Cups fun?  They are a great way to package a little treat.  I had to sacrifice one of the envelopes to wrap the base of the cup, yes even the envelopes in this kit are super cute.  The lid edge was covered using the labels in the kit.  The circle on top of the Sweet Cup was cut from a card base.  I cut a slit in the middle of the circle and slipped the Circle Tab punch through the slit. I sandwiched 2 of the bows around the Circle Tab punch. 


Remember these tea lights decorated to look like a cake?  They were very popular and I thought it would be a cute little gift to put in the Sweet Cup.  


All the pieces I used to decorate the tea light cake are from the Paper Pumpkin kit except for the ribbon, which is from the All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack.

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Here is what the whole gift will look like.  The card was made following the kit directions except for a minor tweak or 2.  I look forward to gifting this little ensemble soon!

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 stopping by, now it it time to hop on over to see what the talented Debi Green has created for you.


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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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