Paper Pumpkin Mash-up

There are lots of reasons crafters enjoy Stampin' Up!'s Paper Pumpkin program: it delivers a crafting surprise to your mailbox every month, introduces products that sometimes go on to show up in the regular line later, offers color combinations you might never have tried, and so many more. Personally, I particularly appreciate getting a new stamp set every month that often compliments others I already own. And these projects are perfect examples of that.

Both the gift bag and the "Hooray" card came from this month's Paper Pumpkin kit. I was immediately captivated by the bright, fun colors in this kit, and sat down to assemble every element immediately. (June's kit included enough supplies for 4 gift bags, tags & tissues + 6 coordinating cards with envelopes..... and as usual, sufficient extra elements to use on future projects, too.)

I knew right away who would be the first recipient of one of my bag/card combos, but the occasion called for a little bit different sentiment on the tag than those that came with the kit. So a quick exploration of my stamp sets turned up "So excited to see you!" - from "Marquee Messages". 

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I can't say as I've ever really been captivated by the color Emerald Envy; it reminds me of Glorious Green, from oh, SO many years ago..... which only saw daylight at my place around Christmastime. But when this kit paired Emerald Envy with Melon Mambo for this charming watermelon, well, ok, I had to admit I liked it. In fact I liked it so well I had to keep using it, even after all the elements of this Paper Pumpkin kit had been assembled!

Watermelon thank you

So here's the next thing I made a pile of..... using not only the same colors and watermelon stamp from June's kit, but a sentiment from April's Paper Pumpkin kit, along with a "wreath" die from Santa's Sleigh Thinlits. (The die proved perfect for taking a "bite" out of the watermelon!) And having taken a queue from last year's "Pop of Pink" Designer Series Paper (retired), I've come to really love pairing Melon Mambo with Basic Black. Talk about making a statement! So a strip of each color anchors the bottom of the card, and the watermelon and sentiment elements are then balanced with a set of 3 small rhinestones. A very basic card with a big helping of sass, don'tcha think?

Oh, and did you know that if you're already a subscriber to Paper Pumpkin you can get a refill for the consumable elements of the kit? (While supplies last, that is.)  As of today, the refill for June's kit is still available in my online store here - for only $8 US.

Another "under $80" card - Painted Petals

$80 products logo - tipped leftIn my last post I shared about our recent team swap challenge and featured a card sample that was very similar to the one I submitted for our swap. Today I've got another one using that very same stamp set (Painted Petals - from the Occasions Catalog), but highlighting different stamps and colors. AND it's ALSO under 80-bucks ($74.65) and makes 20 cards with envelopes, too..... making a great choice for a new stamper. 

But the combination of flowers and leaves I've used on this card can prove a little bit tricky to get aligned until you're familiar with how they fit together. So I do recommend either choosing the totally clear photopolymer option - or plan to get the Stamp-a-ma-jig involved if you've got clear-mount or wood-mount. Either way will workP4200162---500---copyright.

For this card, which is stamped on one of our notecards that come 20 to a package and include coordinating envelopes, I stamped the 3-line image twice across the lower part of the card, and then stamped the "thank you" words before tackling the flowers. (This helped me decide where to put the flowers, and at what angle.)

As to the flowers, here are some tips for getting them in place - and aligned.

First, if you've chosen the photopolymer version of this stamp set, make sure you've not got a "boo-boo" set. The first few sets to roll out the warehouse door when this set was first brand-new were cut incorrectly, and each flower was cut apart from its neighbors. But there are *supposed* to be only 13 individual stamps in this set; if you've got more than that, you'll want to contact the demonstrator through whom you purchased your stamps and arrange for an exchange.

Once you've determined your stamp set is ok, select and mount these 2 stamps - a set of flowers and a set of stems and leaves. I used a "D" block for the leaves and an "H" for the flowers. (Included in the price mentioned above.)

Painted Petals - flowers

Painted Petals - leaves






I like to begin by orienting my leaves as shown above. Working with this orientation seems to be the key to the whole thing, for me. Note the single stem is at the left; shown with the pink circle. Go ahead and stamp your leaves.

Now the flowers get placed in that very same orientation; the single bud goes at the end of the single stem. Here's what it looks like when they're matched up. See how the other flowers fit in around the other stems and leaves? You may havePainted Petals - together to move or rotate your flowers slightly to get it just right. If your hands are unsteady or it seems particularly awkward, it's probably time to pull out the Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Once everything was stamped, I simply finished off the card with a bow. Pretty quick and easy - once you figure out how the flowers and leaves work together!

Have fun!


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April's swap challenge - under 80-bucks

$80 products logo - tipped leftOne of perks I love about being a demonstrator is participating in the fun events that both Stampin' Up! (the company) and our various teams sponsor. One of the events my team (Paper Dreamers) holds is a monthly card swap - usually centered around a specific theme. For this month's Card Swap I challenged everyone to create a card that could be made with $80 or less in product (not counting s/h & tax). Something a total novice stamper could make from start to finish.

Ok, so I'll bet you're already thinking, "So that's not too tough", right? You just throw in a small set of stamps, some cardstock and ink, and you could whip something up for half of that, huh? Well, noooo, not exactly..... because not only did we have to choose a versatile stamp set, but also had to consider that a new stamper would have to purchase any required tools and accessories, too. (Um, and oh yeah, don't forget that one-time purchase of acrylic blocks, if necessary - and gotta include envelopes!) Ok, so because of those restrictions we WERE permitted to assume use of ordinary household supplies such as basic scissors, pencils and rulers. But all "craft" type stuff had to come from Stampin' Up! and be included in the $80 budget.

As I expected, this turned out to be quite the challenge for those of us accustomed to just pulling out whatever we have in our craft rooms. In fact, it may have been the toughest swap challenge I've ever proposed. (Based on the numbers of questions that arose while everyone was working on their designs.) But in the end, our swappers came through with flying colors and turned in amazing results! I'm super, duper proud of those who accepted this challenge!

Now personally, I got kind of excited about the whole concept and didn't stop at just 1 design; in fact, as long as I was in that $80 mode, I made 3. (But then if you know me at all, you already assumed that, huh?) And then once the swap cards arrived I put together a display of several of them so you'll be able to see that at my next gig.



Here's one similar to what I included in the swap; it squeaks in at just under the limit - at $79.60 in product - and yields 20 cards with envelopes.

For my design I knew I really wanted to simulate the effect of layers of cardstock, but the budget wasn't up for allowing multiple colors of real cardstock. So I called on one of my "go to" techniques: adding color to white cardstock with a dauber or sponge. (In this case, I used 2 of the 5 daubers in a package: one for Daffodil Delight and the other for Rich Razzleberry.)

And I do love the versatility of that Painted Petals stamp set, so naturally the next card in this $80 series featured that, too.

And hey! Before I close out today, just wanted to remind y'all that the list of retiring products is due out tomorrow (Tuesday, April 21). So that means that TODAY is the best day to grab those "gotta have" items that may still be on your wish list, because once they get published to "THE LIST", the most popular ones are prone to selling out in a flash! So take a few moments today to review your wish list (especially regarding ribbons & trims, punches, Project Life by Stampin' Up!® and anything in the 2013 - 2015 In-Colors) and seriously consider ordering them today!

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