Summer Nights

Do you like crafting and DIY, but you get overwhelmed by all the materials and choice involved? I totally get that! Paper Pumpkin is an all-inclusive paper crafting subscription box delivered right to your door every month with everything you need (including instructions) to make a great project. Each month you’ll also get emailed an unboxing video that demonstrates the step by step assembly. You can choose to follow the suggested directions or add your own creativity and flare. This week I’m showing some of what I made with the July kit.

First up is a couple of cards I made almost exactly as designed. The only difference is that I glued the postcards that came with the kit onto card bases to make them traditional greeting cards. Next I added my own flare to a couple of the other projects. My Paper Pumpkin subscribers get access to my exclusive facebook group where I share photos and videos of the projects I add my own flare to.

For the firefly card I heat embossed the stamped light behind the bugs in white using my heat tool. I also switched up the sentiment with another from the included stamp set and added an additional firefly to the label using some additional inks I had on hand. For the luminary bag, instead of stamping fireworks I spritzed the bag with pacific point ink refill mixed with water.

Before spritzing I folded the bag so that the laser cut image could act as a stencil for the back of the bag. If you look inside you can see the resulting firework motif on the inside back panel! I finished it off with some of the included enamel stars.

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Forever Spring Greenery

I’m finishing off the four seasons of the forever greenery suite series with spring! You can click back in time to see my previous summer, fall, and winter projects created with this suite.

To create the spring card I basically CASE-d (copy and share everything) the fall card. I used the same stamped sentiment on a flagged banner with a bow. However, I replaced the background with a piece of the Forever Greenery DSP and a layer of coastal cabana card stock.

I kept the colors really light for this project to evoke more of a spring feel. I even incorporated a few hints of blushing bride to be reminiscent of floral tree blooms. This includes not just the sentiment background cardstock, but also a stamped and die cut image from the forever fern bundle. I still incorporated a few hints of gold from the Forever Gold laser cut paper. And I finished off the embellishment with a bow made from the gray granite shimmer ribbon.

Let me know what you think in the comments below or over on my facebook page. I’m especially curious about which season’s project is your favorite. See the sidebar or my about page for how you can place your order with me for the supplies linked in this post.  Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to get exclusive content delivered straight to your inbox!

Paper Relief Sculpture

I decided to mix things up a little this week and show you some decor projects instead of a greeting card. This is also a #nostamping project than involves only paper, dies, and adhesive. I’ve been wanting to experiment outside of the box lately with my Stampin’ Up! supplies and this is the first thing I came up with while I was playing. I discovered that I had a few sets of nesting dies that would allow me to create this effect and went with the stitched stars because they seemed like the most fun.

The project above is 7 layers of whisper white cardstock cut to 4.25″ by 5.5″. I marked the center point of the cardstock and die cut each starting with the smallest star. Once they were all cut I started assembling the layers with dimensionals, which pop up each layer about 1/8″. Finally I mounted it to a piece of designer series paper, then mounted the whole unit in a 5 by 7 frame. Now, it’s resting on top of the frame, you would need a shadow box with the depth of at least an inch to have it protected behind glass.

You may be wondering what happened to the stars I cut out from the center of each of those sheets…

I used the to create the inverse sculpture, with the largest star at the back and the smallest on top. Again, there are dimensionals separating each star layer. I mounted this one to a 5″ by 5″ piece of in good taste designer series paper and then to a piece of 5.5″ by 5.5″ basic black cardstock.

I absolutely adore the simplicity of the layers of white stars on a fairly simple patterned background. But, image what you could do with color! Imagine what you could do by slightly offsetting each star in one direction, or slightly rotating them. What if you used a few layers of each size? There are so many places to take this idea in new directions. I would love to see what you come up with if you try this yourself!

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Cheers to Whiskey Business

Whiskey Business was the first stamp set I was immediately drawn to from the first time I looked at the annual catalog. I love Bourbon and I know so many friends and family members who do too. I knew I would get a lot of use out of this set. Plus the sentiments are unique and so witty with their plays on words.

This is the first card I’ve created with Whiskey Business and I’m thrilled with how it came out. It’s simple in it’s layout, with minimal layering. And I think that’s what makes it great. It gets the message across quickly and clearly.

The back ground paper comes from the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper. I stamped the sentiment in Soft Suede right on the paper. I added a strip of early espresso cardstock stamped with the woodgrain image in memento to anchor the glassware to something rather than have them floating against a backdrop.

Water coloring the decanter and glass did take a little time. And I did fussy cut the images, but these are still relatively simple images to color and cut. I stamped them in stazon on shimmery white cardstock and used a water painter to color in with ink: coastal cabana for the glass and a mixture of cajun craze, soft suede, and daffodil delight for the bourbon.

I hope you feel inspired to create a simple-layout card and let the pieces you do include stand out. Let me know what you think in the comments below or over on my facebook page. See the sidebar or my about page for how you can place your order with me for the supplies linked in this post.  Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to get exclusive content delivered straight to your inbox!

Forever Christmas Greenery

As soon as I saw the Forever Greenery Suite I fell in love with it. Green is such a great color and Stampin’ Up! has some awesome greens in their color collections.

I quickly realized that this suite has usability far beyond summer greenery. With just a few changes in the color scheme it quickly and easily transitions to fall and even winter!

Here I’ve used the suite to create a Christmas themed card. The greens I used are the cool and wintery soft seafoam and shaded spruce. The background layer is a piece of cherry cobbler card stock run through one of the suite’s mini embossing folders that happens to look a lot like cable knit from a winter sweater.

The soft seafoam pieces were cut with the forever flourishing dies in the bundle and then embossed by swiping the versamark pad across the edges and dipping them in gold powder before heat setting. On top of that is an element from the forever gold die cut paper, just flipped over to the white side.

I stamped a greeting from the forever fern stamp set and embossed in gold. Then I surrounded it with shaded spruce pieces and embellished with a few red rhinestones. Isn’t this suite so amazingly versatile for all seasons??!!

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Forever Greenery for the Fall

As soon as I saw the Forever Greenery Suite I fell in love with it. Green is such a great color and Stampin’ Up! has some awesome greens in their color collections.

I quickly realized that this suite has usability far beyond summer greenery. With just a few changes in the color scheme it quickly and easily transitions to fall.

Wouldn’t this make a spectacular card for a fall wedding? The additions of cajun craze, crushed curry, merry merlot, and daffodil delight cardstock or ink really complement the pretty peacock. The use of mossy meadow and soft seafoam for the greens really makes you feel that fall transition to deeper and duller greens from the summer brights. For this card I utilized the stamped images from the bundle as well as the dies to achieve the variegated color you see on fall foliage.

Suddenly the gold foil elements take on a really warm cast. It’s like the lowering of the sun in the sky that comes as summer slips into fall. I finished off the piece with a small bow made of faux suede for a soft, warm, thick texture to really ground the piece and draw attention to the sentiment.

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Hello Summer! With the Forever Greenery Suite

It was a strange spring, with the entirety of it spent working from home and contemplating life under lockdown from a global pandemic. But now it’s officially summer! And I’m welcoming it by breaking through my creative block and making my first project with items from the brand new annual catalog, specifically the Forever Greenery Suite.

This suite has been so popular that a few of the embellishments quickly sold out of inventory and went to back order status. So. I’m focusing on what I do have while I wait for the rest, the stamp and die bundle, Forever Fern; the mini greenery embossing folders; and forever gold lasercut paper.

To get my feet wet with this set I cut out several of the die shapes in every color of green cardstock that I have. Then I selected a color scheme that reflected the richness and brightness of summer greens (garden green, granny apple green, mint macaron, pear pizzazz, shaded spruce). I went with a mostly white background to let the greens really stand forward.

This image zooms in to show you the textures involved. The embossing folder on white, overlayed onto a piece of pretty peacock and sentiment stamped also in pretty peacock, some gold heat embossed messy dots, the vartiey of green diecuts, with a few gold lasercut pieces interspersed. I’m thrilled with how this card turned out. I have plans to show off this suite in new arrangements and color schemes for each season. So, stay tuned for that. I might even give you a preview over on my facebook page!

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We all Need a Little Support

Times are really hard right now. 2020 just keeps throwing curve balls. There are so many people hurting. I’ve had a lot more use for cards expressing support, sympathy, and get-well wishes. Today’s project is one of those.

The designer series paper I used in this project is retired, but I’m sure you can find a suitable replacement within your stash. If not, check out the brand new selection of papers here, or my retired shares for sale here. I placed my paper on a card base of mossy meadow and layered some foliage from the Positive Thoughts stamp set in the same color on the background. I stamped it in full strength front and center and then kept stamping without cleaning the stamp to get those lighter images.

I stamped the greeting from the same set in versamark ink and heat embossed it in gold on blackberry bliss. I cropped that out with the delightful tag topper punch, which not only gives that beautiful scallop but punches a hole as well. I fed gold and vanilla ribbon through those holes and adhered the flagged end with some glue dots. Finally I cropped a butterfly from gold foil cardstock using the Nature’s Thoughts dies, which coordinate with the Positive Thoughts stamp set.

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I want to encourage you to take a look at all of the retired products I have for sale. Recently retired items were just added along with some items from previous catalogs that I found hiding in my closet. Lots of them have been marked down! Enjoy!

Retired Product Sale!

We’ve come to the end of the 2019-2020 annual catalog. That means I’m cleaning out my craft space to make room for some new toys=) And, you get to benefit! The project I’m featuring today features some retired designer series paper called Dino Roar. You can’t buy it from Stampin’ Up! anymore, but I have some shares left that I would love to send your way. You can check out all of the retired products that I have for sale here.

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The stamps and dies that coordinate with this paper are still available for sale from Stampin up. So, if you don’t already have those pick them up to go with this paper, or use them on their own.

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I also used the hammered metal embossing folder on this card, which to me can double as dinosaur skin, don’t you think?

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The sentiment came from the well written dies, making this a #nostamping project. Finally, I finished it off with a few rhinestones.

I want to encourage you to take a look at all of the retired products I have for sale. Recently retired items were just added along with some items from previous catalogs that I found hiding in my closet. Lots of them have been marked down! Enjoy!

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Beautiful Botanicals and Bees

I can’t let the mini-catalog close out without giving one more look at the honey bee bundle, plus a bonus look at the botanical prints medley. I thought for sure the bee stamps and dies would carry over to the new annual catalog, based on the fact that they were on backorder for most of sale-a-bration and the coordinating paper was the first to sell out. Clearly, people are loving bees right now (murder hornets aside). AND, we have a brand new incolor being released called bumble bee. But alas, you only have a few days left to secure this awesome stamp set and dies.

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I stamped the bees in basic gray on shimmery white cardstock and then colored them with a daffodil delight stampin write marker and used coastal cabana ink along with a blender pen for the wings. The background is a sheet of DSP from the botanical prints medley (currently on sale!) that I colored with stampin blends. I cut the honeycomb from gold foil sheets and left some of the hexagons intact to look like partially filled comb. and popped up that whole piece with dimensionals to give it some depth.20200321_173219_0000

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