Special Paper Pumpkin Offer and a FREE Stamp Set!

Use this special offer to SAVE on your monthly cost of Paper Pumpkin! Plus…you get lots of FREE stuff!

When you buy a 3-month pre-paid subscription to Paper Pumpkin, you get to pick a free sale-a-bration item and I will also send you a FREE Days to Remember stamp set so that you can craft along with me each month with a new calendar design.

In addition, join me (if you’d like) for my monthly paper pumpkin Zoom session and craft along with us where I show you new alternative designs for cards using the kit as well as the kit of the month calendar page.

Here are two examples of my calendar page designs using the current (July kit) and last months’ kit for June. So cute! These are A2 size, so you can pop them in an envelope and mail one each month to a friend. There is even space on the back to write a note!

Here’s a video that explains things further…I hope you watch and I hope you take advantage of this special offer! I look forward to crafting with you!

July Paper Pumpkin Alternate Designs!

Hi folks. I have been having a blast playing with the July Paper Pumpkin kit – I hope you were able to sign up for this one…it was so much fun! I truly loved it – even though when I first saw it I was kinda like…meh…. But then I got to playing with it and fell in love.

Come have a look with me….and a link to my video is also below at the end of this post.

This first alternate design uses the components from the kit – just as they are. So…super easy card to make – no extra steps, just a different design layout if you choose.

This next card is simple but stepped up a bit. I used the Stylish Shapes dies to cut the circle from the front of the card base. I stamped, colored and fussy cut the ship and the bottle is also handmade – and I created a quick 2 min video on how to do that. You can watch that video HERE.

For the inside, I chose a layer of fresh freesia as a mat for the white insert and used second generation stamping with memento black ink for the ship stamping.

Here is a version of the same card, but instead of cutting up the embossed blue sky and sea panel that comes in the kit, I color blended my own sky/sea background using white card stock and pacific point ink. It looks just as good – can you see the difference?

For my last alternate card design, I used the ship and bottle again. I LOVE the ship from this set….and I love coloring the sails – it is so quick and easy. I used Bermuda Bay, Balmy Blue and Crumb Cake to color the sails on the ship. The bottle was punched out of one of the blue embossed card bases that comes with the kit using the vintage bottle punch which you MUST go buy right now if you don’t have it. I stamped the little message with crumb cake and fussy cut it out. This message stamp…by the way…would make a PERFECT diploma – so don’t forget this one next spring when you are doing your graduation cards. 🙂

Finally…phew…it was a long day… but I created a video on how I put both of these cards together – if you’re interested, the link is below.

By the way…If you are not a paper pumpkin subscriber yet, you will want to take a peek at the kit that is coming for August. It will not disappoint. There is a bonus gift with the set and instead of just one ink spot you will get two. I’d love to have you join my group of Paper Pumpkin-er’s. Why not sign up now…and come craft with us!

Ok…go watch this video…and let’s craft again together soon!

Cheers!
Cheryl

Ringed with Nature Bundle

Hello everyone. Well, let me start by saying that this bundle has just made it to the top of my favorites list for bundles released this year. I love everything about this set, from the fonts used in the sentiments and the adorable little mushroom stamps that also can be used to make acorns. The bundle sells for $53 and right now, if you purchase this set, you can get a full pack of coordinating 12×12 designer paper for FREE! So, for a little over 50 bucks, you get a stamp set, the hybrid embossing folder, coordinating dies and a beautiful pack of paper.

So, let me show you a few cards that I made yesterday and tell you a bit about each one.

This first card is my favorite…because, well, I kinda have a thing for squirrels. This little cutie was stamped and fussy cut using the Nuts about Squirrels stamp set that is a returning favorite and still available in the new annual catalog.

For the wood slices, I die cut them in soft suede and then used a blending brush with more soft suede ink to darken up the outer bark of the wood slice. For the center, I embossed and die cut from white card stock and then used crumb cake ink with a blending brush to make it look more like wood.

Other products that I used in this card include the deckled rectangle dies, Ringed with Love designer paper and clear polished dots (retired) that I colored brown with a soft suede stampin’ blend marker.

I got the idea for my next card from Donna Gray who is a stampin up demonstrator from Australia. She’s super fun to watch by the way and highly recommend checking out some other videos.

I thought this card would make a great “congrats on your new home” themed card so I grabbed the “Congratulations” sentiment from the Charming Sentiments bundle to use on the front. The background was done with white card stock embossed using the Fern 3D embossing folder. The cute little house came from the Ringed with Love designer paper and I just die cut it using one of the dies from the stamp set.

I used night of navy (second generation stamping) to put those cute little mushrooms on the inside. Aren’t they adorable? I just love those mushrooms and the little fern accents around them. I think it really finishes off the card nicely.

My next card is simple and elegant. I used Elegant Eucalyptus 3D embossing folder for the background, then placed a couple of the smaller wood slices in the center. The berry sprigs were die cut from white card stock and colored with stampin blend markers. I love the contrast of the wood and berries on a stark white background. The embossing gives it a really elegant finish.

Ok folks, that’s it for me today. I’m heading back to my craft desk to see what other trouble I can get into today. I hope everyone has a great week!

Cheers!
Cheryl

Editing to Add link to my YouTube video!

Lovely in Linen Bundle

Today I am showcasing the Lovely in Linen Suite collection which is available now in the new Annual catalog. You can find it on page 24 and it sells for jut $57.25. This suite includes a very versatile punch called the Lasting Label punch – probably because you will want to use this one forever! I can’t ever see this one getting old. It’s the perfect size for adding all kinds of sentiments to you card fronts.

When you buy Lovely In Linen Suite Collection, you will get each of the following items. Such a great value!

Here is some inspiration for you! A couple of cards that I made using this set and now I have some extra birthday cards on hand for when I need them.

For my first card, I used the large floral stamp with Crumb Cake ink, stamped off once so that it is a bit lighter. I stamped this all over a white panel to create the background. Using Sweet Sorbet and black inks, I created the Happy Birthday sentiment and punched it out with the Lasting Label punch. That adorable dotted border around the punched sentiment is a stamp that comes in the set. Such simple added detail that really makes it stand out.

Then, I added a gorgeous pop of color with two layered strips of the Lovely Linen DSP and finished off with a double wrap of linen thread. I carried the same floral paper to the inside with a narrow strip of it glued down to a basic white panel.

For my second card, I let the designer paper be the star of the show. I started with a crumb cake panel that was embossed using the Quatrefoil embossing folder, and holy smokes…this is a good one! I adore the beautiful texture and detail that this embossing folder creates….so pretty. then, I just played around with added layers of the pretty papers. I created the sentient (same is the first card) and layered it on top of a piece of the wide Natural Finish Ribbon. I added some bling using the champagne rhinestone basic jewels.

For my third and final card, I got a bit more adventurous. I wanted to use the large floral stamp as my focal point but I didn’t want it all one color. I wanted red flowers and green stems, so I got creative and did some fussy cutting! I started with a plain white panel and stamped the large floral image on it – not quite centered – but a bit more to the top. Then I embossed it with the Quatrefoil folder and used that as my background. Next, I stamped the floral image again on a scrap piece of basic white using Sweet Sorbet ink. I fussy cut out only the flowers and used foam dimensionals to pop them up by placing them right on top of the green flowers that I stamped out first. I added a strip of designer paper across the bottom with another sentiment using the Lasting Labels punch, and of course I had to use more linen thread to finish this card off with a delicate linen bow. Love this one! What do you think? Would you try this technique? Leave me a comment below and let me know.

I hope I was able to offer up some inspiration for you with this suite of products. If you’re interested in any of the products featured here you can find them all in my online store. Also, don’t forget that right now is Sale-A-Bration – so if you were to order this suite before the end of August 2022, you qualify for a free item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. AND…if you use my July host code with your order (if it’s under $150) you will receive a free gift from me with your order!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Bottled Happiness Bundle & FREE June Project Kit

Hello there. Happy Monday to you all. Guess what…it’s raining this week again. Ha! Shocking, huh. :). Man…I wish summer would get here. I saw this on facebook yesterday and thought I’d copy it here for a little chuckle. Cute kitty!

But…rainy days go well with crafting, so I guess I won’t complain. It’s currently keeping me from that garden full of weeds that desperately needs my attention. I have been working with the Bottled Happiness bundle the last few days and I discovered that I kind of like making shaker cards. Keep reading to the end to learn how you can get this 3-project card kit for FREE!

In the new catalog, there are shaker domes that were designed specifically for the vintage bottle punch so I decided to try them out. Traditionally, I always thought shaker cards were too much of a hassle to create but once again, stampin up made it so very easy! Pictured below are the domes that have adhesive already prepped for you on BOTH sides of the dome. The second picture shows the beads that I used to fill the shakers with. They are called Effervescent Elements and they are so pretty…they kind of have an iridescent look to them.

Below are the first two cards that I made and I fell in love with the craft paper – especially when I embossed it. I used the stripes and splatters embossing folder on these cards. This is a two-pack set of folders that are small, so they work great with the mini emboss machine. I used the stripes folder on these cards. I really wanted a vintage feel for these cards so I used muted shades, browns and blues and of course, the forever classic – linen thread. I love how they turned out.

I wanted to try making a card with the punch but not the shaker element and this is what I came up with. The star of this show is the beautiful paper from the Lovely Linen DSP. Oh how I love this paper! I think I am going to use this card for a birthday – I have not stamped it inside yet but that is the plan.

Here is a look at all three card projects. I do want to mention that the two shaker style cards below will fit into a regular envelope and seal up just fine. However, they are NOT machine-able through the post and so you will need to add a non-machine-able stamp to this if you are going to mail it. Personally, I would choose to send my shaker card in a bubble wrap style mailer and pay the extra shipping to ensure it arrived in good condition. Otherwise, add these cards to a gift package that you hand deliver.

Do you want to receive this 3-card project kit for FREE? Just purchase the Bottled Happiness Bundle (stamp and punch) using this host code, and I will send you the card projects for free – including full instructions. You will get two shaker domes and enough beads for two cards, plus all the DSP, paper pieces, embossed craft paper components and the linen thread. Shipping to you is FREE! Please don’t forget to use the host code – that’s the only way I will know that you want to receive the free project kit. Click the link below to order.

Bottled Happiness Host Code: YJUYM6AH

This promotion is only good for the month of June so don’t delay!

Thanks for stopping by and as always…hope everyone has a great week!
Cheers,
Cheryl