Welcome to our blog hop! My name is Melissa Thomas and I have been a subscriber to Paper Pumpkin since the second month it came out! As a mom and busy woman, I love the convenience of having fun projects already designed and prepped for me!
This month's kit (Picnic Paradise) was so fun and my mind was racing with ideas the minute I saw it. I love the apples and the timing of July-- so that we can make some fun "welcome back to school gifts" for Marianne's teachers!
I was excited to see that the gingham tissue paper was sturdy and made a super cute topper to my small mason jars of scented bath salts that I always make and give out! I was also excited to see the use of the returning color Poppy Parade! It's new to me (before my time) and I love it!
I was excited to use one of the envelopes to make a pocket for a card and thought that if I combined it with a Center Stair Step card, it would be such a fun add-on project for my Paper Pumpkin subscribers! I used the leftovers from the trimmed piece of tissue paper to decorate the edges and the Trio punch to round the corners and punch the ribbon hole for the polka dot tulle ribbon!
You have reached the end of the list, but if you didn't start at the beginning you can click back over to the start with Sara and her awesome projects! Plus, did you see what Andrea did? Wow!
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Wasn't this month's kit awesome? I just love the bright colors and the touches of gold everywhere! Pam's projects were great right? Thank you for hopping along us this month, and every month!
So, the contents of June's Broadway Star Paper Pumpkin are shown below and by now, you probably know that it coordinates with the Broadway Bound suite from Stampin' Up!'s annual catalog. (I know it is supposed to be Broadway, but honestly, it looks more Vegas to me! lol!)
If you don't get Paper Pumpkin yet (crazy, I know) then check out this event where you can get a free card in the mail to try it out and join me live on Zoom, Sunday, July 8th at 7pm CST. I have limited space BUT would love to have you join me!!
For my card, I took inspiration from my side-line and friend Peggy, who did an "impossible card" out of this kit for a challenge in our group of demonstrators. I had wanted to learn how to make one, so I did.
And this is the project that all my subscribers will get in the mail this month! It uses a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch piece of Lemon Lime Twist and 1/2 a black and white striped card, plus some of the accessories from the kit.
This view shows it flat, before it was twisted back. I will be doing a Facebook Live video today (Thursday, June 28th at 1pm CST) so tune in and check out how to make this! It's actually crazy easy! And once you make one template, then you are done!
This picture shows the view when it is folded in it's original shape. It's just three simple cuts (made easy with the Stampin' Up! trimmer and scorer).
This is another view so you can see all the pearls on the marquee board, plus the gold foil Hooray and the cute balloon stickers!!
For my 3D project I knew I wanted to use our adorable gold Striped Treat Bags and the Designer Series Paper from Broadway Bound suite which features gorgeous gold foil on every sheet! Just add some white heat embossing for the CONGRATS and a library clip to set it all off and we are golden! (See what I did there? Ha.)
I hope you have loved my projects this month. I appreciate your comments SO much! Make sure to leave a comment or subscribe to my newsletter! I would love to keep in touch.
I am super excited to be attending OnStage Local in Fort Worth, Texas this weekend! My mother-in-law, daughter, and I are loading up the car early Friday morning and the picking up a teammate in north Austin and driving northward! I have rehearsals for my OnStage presentation that afternoon, so we will stop for lunch and then after rehearsals we will go to the house we are renting for the team-- so fun! It's like a huge crafting slumber party!
So, I didn't think I had participated in many swaps, but when it's all said and done, I should come home with about 60 swaps-- which is awesome! I signed up for two sets of ATCs (Artisan Trading Cards) which are like mini works of art (baseball card size). For these I went more mixed media, as that seems to be the trend-- so Brusho all the way!
Then I did a fun fold swap and had to feature one of my favorite fun folds- the Flap Fold but this time with the Petal Palette suite. I just love that little birdie! For directions and measurements on this fold, check out my previous post here.
Then I did one regular full card swap and for that I went with the theme of CentreStage (our leadership dinner), which is 1988, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Stampin' Up!
And my final swaps were for a shoebox swap at the house (think simple) but they showcase how to use the Stamparatus to do the "hinge step" which makes an ombre look down the side of the card. Fun right?
Now, if you want to follow along with all the fun, make sure you are following my Facebook page here!! I will be posting there all weekend!
And if you want to get a sneak peek at the annual catalog (out for customers on June 1) then you need to become a demonstrator and join my team! Not only can you see the catalog on Monday, April 9th, but you would get projects from the suite I am showcasing on Saturday for the April team meeting packet and you can order from the new catalog on May 1st!
Hope you do something crafty this weekend- I know I will be!
Welcome to another month of our Stampin’ Friends blog hop! We have fourteen awesome women hopping this weekend! I was excited to tackle our theme of “Birthday Bash” since everyone needs birthday cards and the spring Stampin’ Up! Catalog has so much cute birthday stuff!
First up is my 3D project! I knew I wanted to learn how to make these square bottom, rounded top bags... so I tore apart one I had and ta-da! (I recently found out that Billie Moan has retired as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator so I had to make a "Billie bow" for the bag on the left!)
You take a 6x6 inch piece of paper and then score 1 3/8 inch from the bottom. Then score and cut the four bottom flaps at 1 3/8 inch intervals-- they will form a square base. The two full-side scores are at 2 3/4 and 5 1/2 inches. Cut the bottom flaps and angle in the right-side small flap.
What really inspired me to make these little bags is a set of chocolate truffles that I found on Boxed for a great deal! The colors of the wrappers were a terrific match to our Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper (DSP). Two chocolates fit in each little bag!
You can get $15 off your first order at Boxed here! The truffles are called Monty's truffles and I tasted tested a few yesterday, just to be sure they were good... They are awesome!
Now on to my card... When I saw the spring catalog I knew I needed the Birthday Wit stamp set and when I saw this card that my upline Candy cased from Connie Stewart, I knew I would be casing to too! Except... I had to use Birthday Wit.
This past fall I committed to teaching a fancy fold card at every class and I did it! This one will be perfect for my class the week after next...
I find this stamp set hysterical and it brings up a funny scene from the movie Bad Moms. If you haven't seen it... you should! But this stamp is the perfect stamp for using our Stampin Write Markers to color each line with a different color, then breathe on it, and stamp-- perfection!
So, that's the birthday bash over here at Sea to Sea Stampin! Now go ahead and comment below, pin our projects, and hop along to #7- Sandra from Australia! I love all of our new artists who joined this past month!!! Don't you?
I had so much fun with both my groups of stampers last week! We made three cards that centered around love, ate some Girl Scout Cookies, and had some great conversation! Plus, everyone got a cute little treat holder and I showed them how easy it is to make with a 4“ x 4“ piece of designer series paper and one strip of Tear n Tape!
The first card features the eclipse technique and stamping a whole lot of hearts! This design was copied from Ronda Wade and adapted to fit a card front. You simply stamp, then cut out the letters, and raise them with mini-dimensionals!
The second card featured the free Party Pandas stamp set and the free Tutti Fruitti card pack from Sale-a-bration. It was a quick and easy card which everyone loud and everyone placed a qualifying $50 order to get those stinkin cute Party Pandas!
The final card featured a fun cutting technique with a heart framelit and the Big Shot. We then sponged the outside with three colors and stamped with another free stamp that from Sale-a-bration!
I hope these cards inspire you to create something sweet for those you love!
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...
I love a stamp set that works across the holidays! The Six Sayings stamp set is a hostess set that is only $11 for clear mount! What a deal and what a way to take those hostess dollars even farther! You can earn hostess dollars by placing a large order ($150+) or by hosting a party where friends come over to craft with you and me! Let me know if you want to host a party-- we have some cute kits that would make a great party!
So-- this stamp set is the one that I won at Convention and was the one I selected to create my team swaps! If you chose a Halloween stamp you had to make it a treat holder-- so here is what I made: craft bag with Washi tape at the top, with the rough edge trimmed off, stamped with our new black archival ink pad and the Boo from Cheer All Year stamp set!
The bat is from that set too, which I love. While I was working on some sketches for this project my daughter grabbed the bat and stamped him upside down and then grabbed a pen and started drawing a tree limb... I was so impressed and inspired! I used the branch from the Annual Catalog stamp set- Choose Happiness! Cute right??
My Thanksgiving card also used the graphic images of feathers from Cheer All Year and then gold embossed the Thankful on top. It looks beautiful in person with the new Into the Woods ribbon!!!
And the main attraction for me was the Christmas card! I love these wooden snowflakes and the sentiment is just too cute!! Plus the the vellum! And the watercolor trees!! To die for! With a fancy fold!!
So what do we think? If you love this stamp set as much as I do-- let's get you set to host a party! It can be online, Facebook, FaceTime, catalog, Skype, or in person!!!! Either email me or send me a request via my website!
Masculine cards are tough for me! And so are fancy folds! So why not tackle them together?? Ha!
I did a private class today (ask me about this-- I'll do the design and prep work; you enjoy the fruits!) and she really wanted masculine cards for her boyfriend and to learn a few "fancy" folds!
This first one is made of DSP (4 inches by 11 inches) with a paper insert to block the inside pattern and provide a place to write! Love this stamp from Big News! Isn't the font cool?
Next up a slightly girly one but its expressing our love, right? This is a retiring stamp that I have truly loved-- One Tag Fits All! I might not let this one go...
Now this one is a strip of DSP that is 4 inches by 12 inches and is the folded in thirds on the four inch marks. Then each outer flap is scored on the diagonal to make this cool fancy fold!
Thank goodness Oh My Goodies isn't retiring! I love the framelits that go with this set... But I sure will miss the Maritime DSP! I might have to buy an extra pack!
This fancy fold is just folded in half, then half again on the front and fold down...
Same concept with this fancy fold except it is folded to the left! And this stamp set I am surely not letting go of-- Big on You is an amazing one-stamp stamp set that has four large scale images that's work great by themselves on a card front. I thought, for sure, that this set would carryover to the Annual Catalog but alas...
Let's enjoy it while we can!!!
And my last one isn't a fancy fold at all... Ha! I must have forgotten my theme but I was excited to use our smaller scale notecards with matching envelopes! The Amazing Birthday stamp set is a true winner and I'm happy to say that it is sticking around! The paper is going though... Birthday Bash DSP
So, not too bad for tackling two challenges at once huh? Remember, if there is something you want to create and you want a private class-- just let me know!
And do we like my new photo location? Anyone want to guess where it is?
So our team (Southern Sweet Stampers) is continuing their daily art challenge for the month of April and I'm doing my best to keep up!!
First, the wreath we made in my class from the bouquet kit in the occasions catalog!!!
Then a pretty and simple card made from the Painted Petals DSP and the stamp set that coordinates with the bouquet kit!
Then a simple make and take single stamp card for a college student event next week-- it's part of a de-stress week during final exams called Cougar Countdown!
Then a hand colored card for a colleague who is fighting breast cancer!
And the Purse Tote from Terri Gaines that we will be making in my class next week! I'll post some directions next week so stay tuned!!! But if you are local-- come to class!
It includes four notecards!
And would make a great Mother's Day gift!
Each month many of my customers get the Paper Pumpkin craft box and each month it's a surprise! Also, each month I send my subscribers an additional project-- another way to use the kit. Last month's project was shaker cards...
I thought they were so awesome I just couldn't come up with an alternate project...
Finally, it hit me! I had been wanting to make notepads for sometime (I had 10 in a drawer just waiting...) and with the shaker frames I could devise some sort of photo holder so that people could personalize them!!
I even added a little pocket and used the leftover star strips to decorate the top edge of the notepad!
These are just standard 5x8 notepads from Office Depot.
Then take a standard 8.5 x 11 piece of cardstock and on the long edge score at 5 3/8 inches and 5 5/8 inches!
Then trim a strip of stars off and only make them 5 inches wide to go along the top of the notepad!
I used Fast Fuse to tape all of the inside parts down just to ensure it all stays! It takes a bit to get used to it-- you really have to make a check mark wrist flick to break the tape at the end of each run but it's so strong it's worth it!!
When putting the front window together start with the Polaroid laying flat, then add the window sheet, then using the foam strips adhere the sheet to the paper. Make sure you don't touch the adhesive! Keep the top cover on the adhesive so that it doesn't stick to the stars! Then pop half a sheet of stars and add 20 sequins. Then remove the adhesive and add another 3x3 window sheet -- making a sandwich! Add some sticky strip to three sides, as seen below...
You will want to use the dust buddy on the top adhesive strip to take the sticky out and make it easy to slide a photo in and out...
I used a variety of the words that made sense!!
We even made a few of these at work!
Stephanie made me post this so that I can show you how we improvised when I forgot my clear blocks-- name tag badge box!
And that you don't have to stamp the background evenly in order to make a cute card! The stars and sequins totally distract you!!
I love this one with the craft paper!!
And have you seen the January Paper Pumpkin kit??
I made these super cute bags with the gift bag die!! And these are heading out to my subscribers this week!!
So cute with the kit's tags!!
You should subscribe! The newest deal is a discounted 3 month subscription that will also earn you a Sale-a-bration gift item!! And don't worry-- you get a clear block in your first box!!
Wife, mom, and higher education consultant who loves to craft in my spare time... Wanting to balance it all!
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