Paper Pumpkin Mash-up

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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". 

Visit http://paperpumpkin.yourpaperdreams.com/ and click on "How it works" to learn more about Paper Pumpkin. And if you decide you'd like to try a subscription (either month-to-month or prepaid), please select my name - Lynda Glassmoyer (Post Falls, ID) - if the system asks for the name of a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. (Thank you kindly for choosing me.)

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.


June's desktop background & calendar is ready to download

Strawberries! I love 'em! And that's what comes to mind when I think of June. I planted a crate-ful a couple weeks ago on my balcony and I've even harvested a half-dozen already..... although they're very itsy-bitsy. I know that many people advise picking off the flowers the first year in favor of larger berries the 2nd year, but given that I can't keep mine alive over the winter, that seems self-defeating. So I'll just fertilize liberally (organically), and take whatever I can get. This month's background/calendar is a tribute to my favorite seasonal berries.

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My monthly desktop wallpaper background not only offers you a pretty seasonal picture for your computer monitor, but also includes a handy monthly calendar and serves as a cheat sheet to websites you'll  frequently want to know about and visit. 

Click here to download your FREE background & calendar.

You'll probably want to consult your own computer operating system's installation instructions, but installing the background image on my Windows 10 system takes just 3 quick steps - and  less than a minute. It's super-duper easy-peasy!

  1. I download and save the image to my computer - from the link just above that starts with "Click HERE". (NOT from the picture that appears at the top!)  TIP:  To "download" the full-resolution image once it's open (from Google Drive where it's stored), I click on the downward-pointing arrow. THAT is what actually begins the download process to my computer.
  2. Once the file has been downloaded, named and saved to my computer's hard drive, I open it. 
  3. Then I right-click on the image and select "Set as", then "Set as Background". And poof! That's all there is to it! (For convenience, I install this on both my desktop system as well as my laptop.)

And in case you may have an operating system OTHER than Windows 10, these tips may help with installation:

Finally, please keep in mind that the format of my monthly picture is designed for most modern-day 16:9 monitors (common format for monitors and HD TV's since about 2009), oriented in landscape format. If you're working with an older monitor (one that is more square-ish in format), or your monitor is set up in portrait format, the picture will probably not work for you. Sorry 'bout that.


May's monitor background/calendar is ready to download

Hey! It's May! And it's even sunny! (Well, at least at the moment I'm writing this, anyway.) After a mighty chilly and wet and gloomy April around here (which followed a cold and gloomy March), I'm certainly looking forward to May. And really hoping that that ol' saying "April showers bring May flowers" will prove the wait was worth it. I'm SO ready for flowers! Including lilacs!

 

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My monthly desktop wallpaper background not only offers you a pretty seasonal picture for your computer monitor, but also includes a handy monthly calendar and serves as a cheat sheet to websites you'll  frequently want to know about and visit. 

Click here to download your FREE background & calendar.

You'll probably want to consult your own computer operating system's installation instructions, but installing the background image on my Windows 10 system takes just 3 quick steps - and  less than a minute. It's super-duper easy-peasy!

  1. I download and save the image to my computer - from the link just above that starts with "Click HERE". (NOT from the picture that appears at the top!)  TIP:  To "download" the full-resolution image once it's open (from Google Drive where it's stored), I click on the downward-pointing arrow. THAT is what actually begins the download process to my computer.
  2. Once the file has been downloaded, named and saved to my computer's hard drive, I open it. 
  3. Then I right-click on the image and select "Set as", then "Set as Background". And poof! That's all there is to it! (For convenience, I install this on both my desktop system as well as my laptop.)

And in case you may have an operating system OTHER than Windows 10, these tips may help with installation:

Finally, please keep in mind that the format of my monthly picture is designed for most modern-day 16:9 monitors (common format for monitors and HD TV's since about 2009), oriented in landscape format. If you're working with an older monitor (one that is more square-ish in format), or your monitor is set up in portrait format, the picture will probably not work for you. Sorry.


April 2017 desktop calendar is ready to download

Well, the entire month of March flew by in a blink, and I can't believe it's April already. April 1st, as a matter of fact. And April Fools Day, too.

So in honor of all that (and because I figure I might not be the only one craving COLOR in my life after weeks and weeks of gray around here), I present this month's desktop calendar!

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My monthly desktop wallpaper background not only offers you a pretty seasonal picture for your computer monitor, but also includes a handy monthly calendar and serves as a cheat sheet to websites you'll  frequently want to know about and visit. 

Click here to download your FREE background & calendar.

You'll probably want to consult your own computer operating system's installation instructions, but installing the background image on my Windows 10 system takes just 3 quick steps - and  less than a minute. It's super-duper easy-peasy!

  1. I download and save the image to my computer - from the link just above that starts with "Click HERE". (NOT from the picture that appears at the top!)  TIP:  To "download" the full-resolution image once it's open (from Google Drive where it's stored), I click on the downward-pointing arrow. THAT is what actually begins the download process to my computer.
  2. Once the file has been downloaded, named and saved to my computer's hard drive, I open it. 
  3. Then I right-click on the image and select "Set as", then "Set as Background". And poof! That's all there is to it! (For convenience, I install this on both my desktop system as well as my laptop.)

And in case you may have an operating system OTHER than Windows 10, these tips may help with installation:

Finally, please keep in mind that the format of my monthly picture is designed for most modern-day 16:9 monitors (common format for monitors and HD TV's since about 2009), oriented in landscape format. If you're working with an older monitor (one that is more square-ish in format), or your monitor is set up in portrait format, the picture will probably not work for you. Sorry.


March 2017 desktop calendar is ready to download

2017 - 3 - March - tinified

Happy March! Raise your hand if you're as ready for something bright as I am?!?  Having just lived through the dreariest winter of the 5 I've experienced here in North Idaho so far, I have often felt recently like I was still living in the Puget Sound!  Certainly hoping for a little more "bright" around here NEXT winter!

So to offset the ongoing drab landscape and gray skies, I present..... daffodils! And really, is there ANYTHING any brighter than a patch full of their cheery faces?!? Depending on where you live, I suppose March might technically be a touch early for daffodils, but I know *I* sure need to see some hope that spring might eventually show up..... and perhaps you do, too.

My complimentary monthly desktop backgrounds not only offer you a pretty seasonal picture for your computer monitor, but they also include a handy monthly calendar and serve as a cheat sheet to websites you'll frequently want to know about and visit.

Click HERE to download your FREE background. 

You'll probably want to consult your own computer operating system's installation instructions, but installing the background image on my Windows 10 system - takes just 3 quick steps - and  less than a minute. It's super-duper easy-peasy!

  1. I download and save the image to my computer - from the link just above that starts with "Click HERE". (NOT from the picture that appears at the top!)  TIP:  To "download" the image once it's open (from Google Drive where it's stored), be sure to click on the downward-pointing arrow. THAT is what actually begins the download process.
  2. Once the file has been downloaded and named and saved to my computer's hard drive, I open it. 
  3. Then I right-click on the image and select "Set as", then "Set as Background". And poof! That's all there is to it!

So yes, at the risk of repeating myself, this point is particularly important: Be sure you click the "download" link to get your full-resolution background image. Please do NOT attempt to install the picture that appears at the top of this article because it is low-resolution and will not yield good results.

And in case you may have an operating system OTHER than Windows 10, these tips may help with installation:

Finally, please keep in mind that the format of my monthly picture is designed for most modern-day 16:9 monitors (common format for monitors and HD TV's since about 2009), oriented in landscape format. If you're working with an older monitor (one that is more square-ish in format), or your monitor is set up in portrait format, the picture will probably not work for you. Sorry 'bout that.


My first Stampin' Up! sampler

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Well it finally happened. My first 12" x 12" framed sampler. 

Not that I haven't adored all the gorgeous themed samples I've seen through the years; I guess I was just a little intimidated. But I finally bit the bullet last week, put together a color palette inspired by Fruit Stand DSP, and dug in. I hit a creativity roadblock after the first 7 squares, so I lost a bit of time 'cuz of that, but at least I got the project finished on the same day I started it.

Ironically, I think the hardest thing about this was getting a half-way decent picture, lol! It's been raining, cloudy and dark around here for days, and since I shoot under natural light.... well, there just hasn't been any. So I ultimately decided to just run with what I had, and maybe someday, should we ever see the sun again, I'll try for a better shot then!

Here's what my thinking went like when planning this:

  • Size - well, I already had the 12 x 12 frame, which I'd purchased a number of months ago. So that was a no-brainer.
  • Color Palette - primarily inspired by the Fruit Stand DSP collection (Tangerine Tango, Peekaboo Peach, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White), and I substituted So Saffron for Daffodil Delight, then added Soft Sky (for some of the backgrounds) & Basic Black for punch. (Every square has both white and black in it.) I even used 2 pieces of the DSP itself.
  • Theme - flowers & nature
  • Dimension - I knew I wanted "some", but had to keep it modest because this would be displayed behind glass. (You can go all kinds of crazy with dimension if you're using a shadow box, though..... and I'm anxious to do one of those one of these days, too.)
  • Techniques - I also wanted to showcase a variety of techniques, as well, so I was deliberate about doing something different with each square as I developed it.

Each decorated square is 1-7/8" square (Whisper White CS or watercolor paper), which is then mounted on a 2" square of Whisper White, and then mounted on either a Pear Pizzazz or Tangerine Tango 2-1/4" square. I first laid out the pattern for the largest layers, then stamped the 9 decorated squares, mounted each to its white backing, and then spent quite a bit of time experimenting with overall arrangements before anchoring them down to their colored backgrounds.

Can't wait to do my next one!


Sale-a-Bration half-time... and 3 new freebies added

UPDATE as of 3-20-2017:

Well, what did I predict about the glimmer paper not making it to the end of Sale-a-Bration?!? (See original post, below.) Apparently I was correct!

SAB sold out


Jeepers-creepers! How'd it get to be the mid-point of Sale-a-Bration already?!? 

Well believe it or not, it IS! And as of today, Stampin' Up! has released 3 more freebie items to choose from with each $50 order. 

Check out all 3 new Sale-a-Bration freebie choices here, and then earn one with each $50 order at my online store.

 And take a look at MY favorite of the 3! Isn't this new glimmer paper just to DIE for?!? And can you believe it's even FREE! (But word to the wise:  I wouldn't plan on it being available all the way to the end of Sale-a-Bration.... hint! hint!)


February 2017 Desktop Background & Calendar are ready to download

 

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Oh my gosh! Where has the first month of the brand-new year GONE already?!? I woke up this morning wondering how in the world can it possibly be February?!? Feels a little scary and unsettling, actually.

But somehow it's happened, and perhaps by having just installed a bright, fresh background & calendar on my monitors I'll eventually adjust. And in case you're feeling kinda the same way, may I present to you - "February" - already! 

My monthly desktop backgrounds not only offer you a pretty seasonal picture for your computer monitor, but they also include a handy monthly calendar and serve as a cheat sheet to websites you'll frequently want to know about and visit.

Download your FREE background here.

You'll probably want to consult your own computer operating system's installation instructions, but here's how I install my background image on my Windows 10 system - in 3 quick steps that take less than a minute. It's super-duper easy-peasy!

  1. I download and save the image to my computer - from the link just above that starts with the word "Download...". (NOT from the picture that appears at the top!)  TIP:  To "download" the image once it's open (from Google Drive where it's stored), be sure to click on the downward-pointing arrow. THAT is what begins the download process.
  2. Once the file has been downloaded and saved to my computer's hard drive, I open it. 
  3. Then right-click and select "Set as", then "Set as Background". 

So yes, while this is repeating myself, this point is particularly important: Be sure you click the "download" link to get your full-resolution background image. Please do NOT attempt to install the picture that appears at the top because it's a low-resolution image intended only for viewing within this article.

 

And in case you may have an operating system OTHER than Windows 10, these tips may help with installation:

Finally, please keep in mind that the format of my monthly picture is designed for most modern-day 16:9 monitors (common format for monitors and HD TV's since about 2009), oriented in landscape format. If you're working with an older monitor (one that is more square-ish in format), or your monitor is set up in portrait format, the picture will probably not work for you.


January 2017 Desktop Background & Calendar are ready!

2017 - January desktop calendar - tinified
Happy New Year!

Time to turn the page on not only the month, but the year, too. Here's my complimentary January desktop calendar to start things off...

My monthly desktop backgrounds not only offer you a pretty seasonal picture for your computer monitor, but they also include a handy monthly calendar and serve as a cheat sheet to websites you'll  frequently want to know about and visit.

Download your FREE background here.

You'll probably want to consult your own computer operating system's instructions for installation, but here's how I install my background image on my Windows 10 system. It's easy-peasy!

  1. Download and save the image to my computer - from the link above.
  2. Open the image on my computer.
  3. Right click and select "Set as", then "Set as Background".

Important: Be sure you click the "download" link to get your full-resolution background image. Do NOT try to install the image that appears above because its resolution is not adequate.

(Also, please note that the URL addresses referencing the Occasions/Spring catalog and SAB 2017 will not be live until sometime on January 4th.)


1-2-2017 - Edited to add:

If your computer operating system is other than Windows 10, you might find these articles helpful in installing these monthly calendar backgrounds:

And please keep in mind that the format of the picture is designed for most modern-day 16:9 monitors (common format for monitors and HD TV's since about 2009). If you're working with an older monitor (or one that is more square-ish in format), the picture will not fit.


 Also.....

Post Falls & CDA area card class customers: please note that registration for January card classes will not be opening today, as would normally be expected. While I'm optimistic about getting January's class schedules and our new venues set up fairly soon, plans are not firm quite yet. Please check back to our usual registration site later this week, and I'll keep y'all informed of the status of things via email in the meantime!

Here's to a fabulous 2017!


December 2016 Desktop Calendar is ready

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December 2016's desktop background is ready!

My monthly desktop backgrounds not only offer you a pretty seasonal picture for your computer monitor, but they also include a handy monthly calendar and serve as a cheat sheet to websites you'll frequently want to know about and visit.

Download your FREE seasonal background here. (NOTE: Please do NOT attempt to install the image shown above because its resolution is too low to make a satisfactory monitor background.)

You'll probably want to consult your own computer operating system's instructions for installation, but here's how I install my background image onto my own Windows 10 system. It's SUPER easy!

  1. Download and save the image to the computer - from the "download" link above.
  2. Open & view the image on the computer.
  3. Right-click the image and select 'Set as", then "Set as background".

Done!  Enjoy!

Please note these images were designed to fit many modern computer monitors and laptops, but of course I cannot guarantee they'll fit yours, and they'll probably not work on mobile devices, either.  

Check back next month for January's background & calendar!