Paper Pumpkin April 2017 Alternative

Posted in Let's Get Creative, Paper Pumpkin
on April 24, 2017
three cards from the Paper Pumkin April 2017 kit

I always love when my monthly Paper Pumpkin arrives in the mail.  This month was even more exciting because  Sara Douglass our CEO had created the kit with a promise of a free gift. I was NOT disappointed!  Most of all, I love the bright new 2017-2019 In Colors with the black card base and free watercolor pencils gift.

Sara Douglass

After making the cards that the kit instructions described( see picture at top) I started to wonder how  I could change it up a bit.  You know, get a little creative!  I got to thinking that cutting out the stars would be fun and I ended up with 4.  Because the new Lemon Lime Twist color is prominent in this kit and it is also include in the Easter Palace Suite, I decide to use this Lemon Lime Twist designer series paper.

Finally, after moving things around a bit I came up with design.  The steps to make it are listed below.

Steps for creating this Paper Pumpkin Alternative

  1. color the star embossed watercolor paper in color of your choice and blend with water and paint brush.
  2. after the color has dried cut out 4 stars
  3. cut a strip of designer paper 1.75 inch by 4.25 inch and adhere to bottom of landscape card base.
  4. cut a flag from the same designer paper 1.25 inch by 2.5 inch and a flag 1.25 by 3.75 inches from a coordinating cardstock. I picked Berry Burst.
  5. adhere washi tape included in the kit to the end of a white flag also included in the kit.
  6. stamp sentiment on white flag
  7. adhere the 4 cut out stars along the edge of the designer paper and the layer the 3 flags
  8. glue green sequins in a scattered pattered all over the exposed black card base

Ta-da! a beautiful card to give to someone special in your life.

If you have not subscribed to Paper Pumpkin and would like to, just Click the Paper Pumpkin below to find out how you can have a kit come to your home each month that includes absolutely everything you need to create beautiful cards like these.

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Thanks for joining me! I hope you have enjoyed this project and are inspired to create some bright fun cards for yourself.

Remember, always do more of what makes you happy,

Don’t Miss Out on These Retiring Products

Posted in Catalog Updates
on April 21, 2017


It’s that time again: Stampin’ Up! is getting ready to retire products from both the annual and occasions catalogs. Don’t delay! You only have through May 31 to get your favorites. Select retiring products have discounts of up to 50%! Be sure to visit my online store before the sun sets on these items May 31.


Main Information:

Order Information:

  • All retiring items are available while supplies last and will be discontinued after May 31.
  • Discounts may vary by market depending on inventory levels.
  • Discounts will be applied to select retiring items only.

This is What Happens When You Create Every Day

Posted in Tips & Tutorials
on April 19, 2017


As you scroll through hundreds of card ideas on Pinterest, you see a card with a clever way to use Santa’s beard as ocean waves and think I wish I was creative like that. Well, let me tell you, you can be! All it takes is time and being a little more mindful of your surroundings.

Creativity is something that is cultivated over time.

I was at the local art museum to see the Claude Monte exhibit some time back. And after walking through the entire show listening to the audio guide I came to one of his first paintings.  I was struck by how different it is from his most famous paintings he painted near the end of his life.  You see in the beginning Monte copied other artists to develop his skill. But as he grew older he began to find his own unique creative style that we all love today.

Creativity come from creating.

If you want to be more creative, then make a resolve to create every day. In the beginning copy your favorite artists. Over time your mind will start coming up with ideas how to change or improve what you are working on. Sometimes this comes from a need to solve a problem.  Say the card you are copying calls for a certain cut out shape but you don’t have it (Ocean waves) So you start thinking about what you have that looks like ocean waves (Santa’s beard) and use that instead. That is being creative.  After a while you won’t need other’s work to copy. You will start seeing things in your surroundings and think how you can incorporate them into your art.  For example, you might see a funny looking lamp shade but think that would make a great skirt design for the dress you want to make, or you walk into a room and love the color choice for the décor and think how you can use these colors in the next card you are making.

Inspiration is everywhere.  Start being more mindful of your surroundings and take note of things that inspire new ideas.  Also, it’s important to keep track of all these ideas. If you stumble upon something brilliant in the middle of the night, write it down! If you pass by something on a walk, take a picture. You’ll be kicking yourself if you forget that awesome idea.

You are creative. And creating every day cultivates that creativity and helps it grow. The more you create the more creative you become.

One reason I became a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator was to inspire others to cultivate their creativity. I hope this blog gives you ideas and inspires you to create more. Please use the ideas for your own personal use and please give credit where credit is due.

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Beautiful Inspiring Cards to make for Mother’s Day

Posted in Cards, Holidays, Let's Get Creative
on April 17, 2017
Mother's Day Card Closeup

Do you remember as a child how you would make a card in school for your mom for mother’s day? My mother still has a finger paint card I made her when I was in the 3rd grade.  My finger prints made the petals on each flower. She says it’s her favorite because I made it. I still make my mom a Mother’s Day card each year. However, now I use decorative paper and stamps to create it.  And I have the perfect stamp set for you so you can make one too.

It’s called the Succulent Garden Suite and it is my absolute favorite collection right now and the stamps are on SALE until supplies last! It allows you to stamp and cut out succulents and cut out shapes to make larger succulents. It has a Happy Mother’s Day sentiment and the soft pastel designer series paper is perfect for creating a Mother’s Day card that she will treasure forever.

Here are three different cards I made with the Oh So Succulent Suite collections.


To make these cards I have listed the supplies I uses below. Just click on the image of the supplies you need and it will take you to my shop.  Happy Stampin’!
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My Parent’s 62nd Wedding Anniversary Card

Posted in Cards, Let's Get Creative
on April 14, 2017

This Easter is extra special because it is also my mother and father’s wedding anniversary!

I made this special card for them with the Flourishing Phases thinlit.  The Flourishing Phrases stamp set and Flourishing thinlits are the perfect bundle for making beautiful special cards. Click on the image of the Flourishing Bundle at the bottom of this post it will take you to my store.

Would you like to make this ANNIVERSARY CARD?

Use what you have and buy the rest.  Just click on the image you want and it will take you to my store.
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Get a Free Stampin’ Up! 2017-2018 Catalog

Posted in Catalog Updates
on April 11, 2017

April is here! and that means new products! This past Saturday I got to attend my first Stampin’ Up! On Stage event. I went with my up-line Francine Wilson (she’s the greatest!) and I had the best time! The most exciting part was meeting so many wonderful fun ladies who are not just willing but want to talk stamping and crafting all day long!

As I said this was my first On Stage so everything was new and exciting. In the morning we watched a news feed from Amsterdam where the main On Stage was taking place. Our CEO Sara talked to us about all the things she’s been doing and what we could look forward to in the coming year. Then we cheered as the company recognized different members for their various achievements.

And all that was fun but what we were all waiting for came just before lunch.



One of the privileges of attending On Stage is getting to see the new catalog before anyone else. And I want you to see it too, so I’m giving you a free copy (a $5 value) when you purchase at least $25 worth of product in April. That’s right, just order $25 worth of product in April and I will send you this beautiful catalog which shows all the gorgeous products plus it also has lots of great project ideas!

Also you might not know that with a new catalog there will be older products that will be retired. These will only be available until May 31 or while supplies last.  If you’ve been thinking about getting any of these items don’t wait! They are going to go fast because select retiring products have discounts of up to 50%!!!  To see the lists click on the different links below:

Retiring Stamps

Retiring Bundles

Retiring Everything Else

After all the excitement of getting our new catalogs Francine and I hurried to get our lunch so we could sit and drool over all the things we wanted to buy.  I decided to get all the items that come in our new in-colors for 2017-2019 and two of the new suite collections.

After lunch is when the fun really began.  We watched presentation after wonderful presentation of these new products being used to create the most amazing cards and gift items you’ve ever seen! And that’s not all. They also gave us time with the new products to create samples so I can show you.

Don’t you just love new products! All these new items have my head spinning with all kinds of ideas I want to share and create with you! Be sure to  Subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss anything!

And remember, always do more of what makes you happy!

How to Create Your Own Mini Easter Egg Carton Table Settings

Posted in Holidays, Let's Get Creative, Paper Crafts
on April 10, 2017

Time for Easter eggs, Easter baskets, egg hunts, Easter bunny, baby chicks! Time to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! I love this time of year!

Easter Day is one my favorite days of the year.  It is such a joyful day and I love to spend it with my family and so I invite them all over for a special Easter dinner after church. I prepare a traditional Easter menu complete with ham and all the fixings.

Family meal gathering on the holidays is a tradition found all over the world.  Also there have been thousands of articles written on the importance of the family meal. The articles cover everything from building relationships, healthier eating, improved academic performances, relieving stress and even saving money. But the reason I like to get the family together is it gives me an excuse to set a fancy table!

When I saw these adorable mini Easter egg cartons I knew they would make the perfect place settings of my Easter table.  After decorating them I filled them with yummy treats.

This is a simple project.  First I printed out Happy Easter in two different fonts on Whisper White card stock. I spaced them out to give enough room to cut them out using the Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies. Second I cut out different colored eggs using the Basket Bunch Dies and different colored flowers with Succulent Thinlit Dies. After I cut everything out I glued it all down and added some Rhinestones to the flowers and wrapped them with ribbon.

Are you having your family over for Easter dinner? Why not create these cute mini Easter egg cartons for your table too!

Use what you have and order what you need by clicking on the image below and it will take you to my shop! Happy Stamping!
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Take Your Cards from Simple to Sensational

Posted in Cards, Let's Get Creative, Tips & Tutorials
on April 5, 2017

The famous clothing designer, Giorgio Armani has always said, “to create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail”.

Card making is such a fun way to express your creativity but sometime it seems all your cards start looking the same.  If you’re tired of the same old look of your cards then  try some of these creative details to give your card a whole new look.

The first card shown is a lovely and simple card.  I only used a sentiment stamp, ink, paper and adhesive to put it all together.

To Jazz it up a bit I continued by adding

  • Tone on tone stamping, using the same color ink as your cardstock, stamp several small images to look like confetti
  • Baker’s twine in a coordinating color
  • Sequins for a little sparkle


And finally I took it to sensational by adding

  • A die cut shape for the sentiment
  • Layers with doilies, velum and patterned paper
  • Gold thread
  • A charm for that finishing look

It’s easy to take your cards from simple to sensational by just adding more details in a fun layered look.

Would you like to create this THANK YOU card?

Use what you have and order what you need. Just click on the image below and it will take you to my shop.
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Remember, always do more of what makes you happy!

Bunny Buddies Paper Pumpkin Kit March 2017

Posted in Let's Get Creative, Paper Pumpkin
on April 4, 2017

I can’t believe Easter will be here in less than two weeks! I haven’t even started on my grands Easter Baskets yet.  But I did make these adorable Bunny Buddies.  Back in February Paper Pumpkin had Valentine gift bags to make and I gave one to my mom.  She loved it and asked if I would make something she could give her friends for Easter.  Stampin’ Up! to the rescue.

Here is everything that was included in the kit.  I love the exclusive stamp set.  I will be able to make some really cute Easter cards with them.

Bunny Buddies Paper Pumpkin March 2017 Kit

After making all 9 of the treat bags and gift cards look at all the supplies I have left!  I’m telling you Stampin’ Up! is so generous with their products.

Do you have a subscription to Paper Pumpkin? You do NOT want to miss this month’s kit! April 10 is the last day to sign up for it. There will be a special gift from our very own CEO Sara Douglass and a sneak peek at one of the new colors coming out this summer.

Click HERE to get your subscription started today.

And if you don’t know Sara, you can visit her facebook page and see all the wonderful things she does for our company.

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