Below is my swap card for the event...
Last weekend our upline, Candy Rattray (Top 100 Global Demonstrator), hosted her quarterly demonstrator training and asked me to be a Table Captain for the event. This entailed tackling a suite from the new catalog and I decided to tackle the Pick a Pattern suite from pages 40-41. You might recall a few other projects that I have posted about recently, like my fancy fold Crafting Forever card below and my Paper Pumpkin Add-on Project Post-it note holder.
Below is my swap card for the event...
These were the cards that I put on my display board.
We changed up how we did the event (BTW you can come when we do the next one-- we do allow customers to come!) and I hosted a table where five people visited the table and made two projects with me! It was so fun to meet and chat with everyone...
I love this stamp set and matching paper-- I believe it has something for everyone (dinos, flowers, cameras, mushrooms, woodland animals/camping, and art supplies)! Let me know if you have questions or need dimensions for anything!
Each month I make add-on projects for my Paper Pumpkin subscribers... I have since the beginning almost four years ago when I became a demonstrator. I love my Paper Pumpkin subscribers because they help me stay a demonstrator by meeting my quarterly minimums and I want to show it-- plus I love sending them an actual project in the mail that shows them how to use their stamps, ink, and paper in new ways!
Traditionally, if that month's kit is a card kit then I show a 3D gift option and vice versa... So April's kit was a gorgeous watercoloring emboss resist card kit and I felt this fun stamp set would be cute on the post it note holder above... I have wanted to make one for quite some time!
I wanted to give directions... Cut the larger piece 5 1/2 inches by 2 1/4 inches. Then score it in half at 2 3/4 inches and score one side in half again at 1 3/8 inches. Put tear and tape on the one-fourth section. Cut another piece of black cardstock to fit the front 2 3/4 inches by 2 1/4 inches and a piece of DSP 2 1/2 inches by 2 inches and adhere to the front. Fold the base up and then peel the Tear n Tape and adhere the front piece. This allows the front to fold and tuck behind the post it notes.
I used the new mini chevron ribbon in Crushed Curry...
May's project was riffing off the donuts but it's a shaker card!! So cute right?
And with that, I will conclude by saying that I absolutely love Paper Pumpkin!
Welcome to the Stampin' Friends Blog Hop! This month's blog hop is May flowers or sympathy themed-- so I went with flowers-- all the way!!!! If you’re following along the hop, you’ve arrived from Lori’s blog-- who just happens to be our guest hopper this month! I can't wait to see what she has created!
In the spirit of my blog post from last month, let's use up that Designer Series Paper (DSP)!! (If you missed it, last month I did a OWS- one sheet wonder)! This project also takes one whole sheet of DSP and makes a super fun class project or a sweet present! The purse tote for cards was shared by a fellow demonstrator, Terri Gaines, at our convention a few years back and I have loved it ever since.
I can't find the instructions online anymore but I did have a printed copy that I took a scan of and upload below. One of the unique features of this project is that it requires the diagonal plate for the score board, which some of you might have. We don't currently sell it but you might be able to find it at a craft store...
Want to see what's inside? I made some super simple cards to use up some retiring colors- Macaron Mint and Watermelon Wonder plus some more DSP that is retiring.
And now, on with the blog hop! You hopefully came here from Lori Mueller and are headed to Barbara Welch's blog! I can't wait to see what these ladies have cooked up for this month... Plus, keep coming back to my blog for more sneak peeks of new catalog product (or scroll down)...
Very rarely do I have the time to take on one of the weekly challenges that a few groups put out there but this week when I saw the challenge that TGIF Challenges put out-- I just had to.
Why you ask? Because this color combo is the color combo in our new Pick a Pattern DSP that comes out June 1 and I am so stinkin' excited about it! Now-- I finally finished my card tonight and saw that the challenge submissions were due at 1pm today but either way... I did it!
I have been wanting to tackle this fancy fold card for quite some time and this stamp was the perfect excuse-- Crafting Forever: Housework Whenever. It's part of the Crafting Forever stamp set (also in the new catalog)! If you want your very own copy of the catalog just fill out my Google form here!
This ended up being easier than I thought. You have to find the right size circle for your image, your scalloped circle, and then the circle hole that it will slip through! That's a two inch strip of DSP at the bottom.
Then take your card front piece (4 1/2 inches by 11 inches) and score at 2 1/2 from one side and 4 1/4 from the other side. Then fold it together and adhere the circle to the top! Cute huh?
A few finishing touches of Crushed Curry ribbon and enamel dots and tada! Fancy fold card! Don't forget to request your catalog above-- I am sending a super cute bookmark with it that has stamped images from the Pieces & Patterns stamp set that coordinates with the Pick a Pattern DSP! Check out my Facebook page to see a picture...
Do you recognize these burgers? Of course you don't... Because they were supposed to be macaron cookies from the Just Keep Swimming stamp set.
I felt that they would make super cute burgers and they did! (I got inspired at our craft retreat a few weekends ago because they served us the best burgers at CYJ!) The buns are Delightful Dijon, the lettuce is Cucumber Crush, and the beef patty is is Cajun Craze (stamped off once)-- just in case you want to re-create!
Want to see some other creations with this stamp set and the Ombre stamp pads? I love that this stamp set was made with intentionally skinny images to fit the small slices in the Ombre pads-- and since it's all retiring- it's all on sale!
Its hard to say goodbye....
Every Monday in May I will be posting about a retiring stamp set that I am going to miss dearly. If you don´t have these stamp sets in your collection, you just might want to acquire them! But stamp sets are only guaranteed through May 22nd!
So, with no further ado... This weekend at our crafting retreat I got inspired to play with the beautiful Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper (DSP) which I had seen others make Dutch Delft animals with out of the Barnyard Babies stamp set! The card base is from the Watercolor Wishes card kit, which is also retiring! Cute huh?
Welcome to the Stampin' Friends Blog Hop! This month’s theme is Birthday Surprise! If you’re following along the hop, you’ve arrived from Kirsteen’s blog. And we have one guest hopper this month: Jennifer Knape Cerizo! I can't wait to see what she has created!
Each April/May you will see Stampin' Up! demonstrators all over the world get excited about new product coming out in our June annual catalog and sad about things "retiring" from the old catalog. For me, it's always bittersweet, as I love new play things but I hate to let go of some... I also have an intense need to put the old things to use before I bring new ones in-- therefore this month's post is dedicated to the "One Sheet Wonder."
One Sheet Wonders are opportunities to take our coveted and beautiful Designer Series Paper (DSP) and cut it up! GASP! I know. It looks really pretty in the package displayed on the walls of my craft room-- but guess what, equally nice paper is on the horizon. I have finally gotten a handle on DSP and understand better how much to order and how to use it so that I don't feel guilty about it sitting around. I am proud to say that I have NO unopened packages of DSP and a few are almost gone!
So, the goal is to take one piece of paper and make a bunch of cards with it. This past weekend, on Easter actually, a very dear family friend was having her birthday. I was in charge of the bunny cake and other desserts... I also felt that I could make Nellie a really sweet gift of cards (she comes to my classes and my mother-in-law's classes)! Plus, I wanted to take on the challenge of designing a One Sheet Wonder. At the bottom of this post I have a link for you to view how to cut the sheets of paper and the sizes of the pieces!
But, without further ado... all 7 cards!
And the case is below! (I even stamped the envelopes with the butterflies from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar set because they matched the cute butterflies in the Falling in Love DSP). And this stamp set is an oldie but goodie. Every year when stamp sets retire, I take a look at them and decide which ones I truly and personally love and will use again and again. Banner Blessings is a keeper.
So, ready to see the cards up close? This OSW made two of the Friend cards on the Sweet Sugarplum base so I didn't feel the need to show you those twice. I used papers and inks that coordinated with the paper (Crumb Cake, Sweet Sugarplum, Soft Sky, and Blushing Bride)!
And finally, I also wanted to give her a card but needed a quick one (as icing that Easter Bunny cake took a lot of my night)! This one used the same stack of DSP with a splash of gold heat embossing... (And she loved it all, BTW)!
If you would like to get the dimensions for cutting up your DSP you can find directions and a diagram here!
Hopefully, you found this post useful as we think about our paper hoarding issues! If you haven't already, consider following me on Facebook or Pinterest! And make sure to COMMENT below-- you could win a special prize from me! I will take a prized piece of DSP and cut it up-- just for you!
And now, on with the blog hop! You hopefully came here from Kirsteen Gill and are headed to Twila Davis's blog!
Welcome to the Stampin' Friends Blog Hop! This month's theme is in preparation of next month-- Easter! If you’re following along the hop, you’ve arrived from Raquelle’s blog. Don’t forget to keep hopping along to Barbara's blog at the bottom.
This month we have two guest blog hoppers. Make sure to check them out too!
So, I got inspired with my Paper Pumpkin box this past month-- the Many Happy Birthday's box that included nine cute slider birthday candle cards. These cards are super cute by themselves and I love the long envelopes that come with them and the glimmer paper flames but I started thinking about other uses-- like a Hanukkah card! So I stamped one with "Celebrate" and will set it aside for a dear friend in Charleston who celebrates Hanukkah! (Please excuse the poor lighting in these photos, but that's what happens when I don't plan ahead and take the pictures on a sunny day!)
What other things could I come up with? Well the patterned paper screamed Easter eggs with the stripes, dashes, and polka dots! So I made a quick and simple card with "Celebrate" so that it could work for a birthday or Easter. I used the Confetti Embossing folder and those super cute Stitched Shapes Framelit dies! (Have I mentioned that I love that you get squares, circles, and ovals in one set? What a terrific value!)
Then I went crazy and started creating several treat packages! This first one features something I found in the dollar bin at Target (of course)! These bubbles came in a three pack $1 and really coordinated cutely with the patterned paper from the set! The dimensions on this treat holder are 2 3/4" by 11" Dapper Denim cardstock, scored at 1/2", 3", 5", and 7 1/2".
I also thought that I could make a cool little bag from two of the cards so I turned them upside down and scored them for the base at 2 inches and glued them together with a bit of trimming. I punched out three eggs with the oval punch from the Flirty Flamingo paper and punched holes in the tabs to then thread some Dapper Denim ruched ribbon through it. I even used the Paper Pumpkin blue tissue paper to stuff the bag! (The Happy Easter stamp is from the Circle of Spring stamp set!)
Here is the whole cute set! I really loved this Paper Pumpkin because it gave me lots of room to be creative!
So, who's hopping this month? Quite a few accomplished crafters! See the full line up below (I am #10), plus scroll down to the bottom to see a giveaway I am doing.
Thank you for hopping with us! If don't subscribe to Paper Pumpkin you can join now and still get the past kit. That is one of the great perks of Paper Pumpkin- only subscribers can get past kits! Plus, if you subscribe now you can get the cool April kit designed by our CEO! It will include a special gift.. And I always send my subscribers a monthly add-on project and a welcome gift.
Here is what I love about Paper Pumpkin:
If you comment below I will select a winner to be sent a special little treat in the mail. And keep coming back to the blog-- I still need to show you Marianne's birthday party treat boxes!
P.S. We still have a few openings at our April Craft Retreat-- scroll down a few blog posts and check it out! It promises to be a terrific weekend~
Welcome to the Stampin Friends Blog Hop! This month's theme is one that I love but also find super challenging! We have to do black and white and some accent color... If you’re following along the hop, you’ve arrived from Twila’s blog. Don’t forget to click the Next button at the bottom to continue on the hop with Kirsteen's blog.
This month we have three guest blog hoppers. Make sure to check them out too!
I have been so excited for all the bumblebees in our catalogs right now! Stampin' Up! must know how much I love bumblebees because my name, Melissa, means honeybee in Greek! So I have always loved them. I used Crushed Curry as my accent color. And gold, of course.
There are some sweet details you are going to want to see. The background was made by spritzing watercolor paper with water and then stamping the Watercolor Wash background stamp making the "honey". The bees were cut using the Dragonflies thinlits and then I made them glimmer with the Wink of Stella Brush. I used the Pop of Paradise DSP paper with the black and white zigzags. The details are just too sweet, right?
So, who's hopping this month? Quite a few accomplished crafters! Click the next button or see the full line up below, plus scroll down to the bottom to see a giveaway I am doing.
Thank you for much for hopping with us! If you comment below I will select a winner to be sent a special little treat in the mail. And keep coming back to the blog-- I still need to show you Marianne's birthday party treat boxes!
Imagine drinking a cup of coffee on this back porch... while you take a break from crafting! Candy Rattray and I are hosting an EPIC craft retreat at the end of April and we want you to join us. I want to show you some more details about the location but if you want to catch the early bird special (runs out February 15th) for only $265 register here!
Camp Young Judea is not like any other youth camp you have seen... This camp has a beautiful building for adults towards the front of the property... And we are self-contained in one building-- so our bedrooms are on the wings of our meeting room, which means you can run around in your pajamas! LOL!
Each room has a private bath room and sleeps two or three people. Everything is new, light, and bright! No need to pack much... other than crafting supplies, of course!
The meeting room we have is filled with natural sunlight but also has wifi and great lighting for late-night crafting! Everyone will have dedicated space to craft! Plus, the chef will be preparing delicious meals for us and there is a healthy salad bar at lunch and dinner! Five meals are included with your registration, plus a welcome reception and a light snack as you leave on Sunday... We've got a few surprises for you too!!
Plus, see that bar area? It's a great place for us to set up our two Big Shots and punch station! Plus, a 24 hour beverage station!
Your registration also includes a $40 swag bag, pillow gifts, and a class built around the swag bag-- oriented towards either memory keepers or card makers! Plus, so many other fun things- like a scrap challenge, pajama party, and other contests!
So, please register soon-- space is limited!
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