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Online Extravaganza Bohemian Paper Gift Box, Card and Envelope

Online Extravaganza Bohemian Paper Gift Box Card Envelope

Today is the day, the day the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza begins! And to show off some of the products available on the special, especially the first 24-Hour Flash Sale for Monday, November 23, I made a few projects with the Bohemian Designer Series Paper, the Gift Box Punch Board, and the Envelope Punch Board, plus the Bow Builder Punch!

Online Extravaganza Flash Sale Mon Nov 23

On the 24-Hour Flash Sale, you can purchase any 3 of the listed Designer Series Papers and then get a 4th one free! These are the designer papers shown in the Annual Catalog on pages 142-143.  You can also get the Happy Thoughts Paper Pumpkin Kit, even if you are not a subscriber (yet!) for half price!  What a deal! And the Gift Box Punch Board and Envelope Punch Board are also on sale for 30% off! Those deals are only available today, Monday, and only while supplies last.

This sale begins at midnight Utah time (Mountain time) and runs for 24 hours for the first Flash Sale, but through November 30th for the entire sale!  It’s Stampin’ Up!’s answer to Black Friday!

But there are LOTS of other products on sale on the Online Extravaganza so be sure to check the entire 3 page list!!  Think what you could give others as a gift or what items you could use for gift-wrapping (lots of things!!), or simply what things YOU want!

Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza List HERE!

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You can add any other items to your order as well, including products from the Holiday Catalog.  Be sure to check out the products that will retire at the end of the Holiday Catalog. Also check the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals and Clearance Rack!

For any more details, read THIS POST.

Check out the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza Flash Sale today and make your own gift box, card and matching envelope, then place your order today!

Make A Delicate Ornaments Christmas Card

Delicate Ornaments Christmas Card

Make this beautiful Christmas card using the Delicate Ornaments Thinlits Dies with red-striped Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum and the shiny Red Foil Sheets.  The card base is made with the Whisper White Thick Cardstock and layered with regular Whisper White Card Stock.  The striped vellum is then attached to the regular card stock using Glue Dots underneath the stripes to try to hide the adhesive. I popped up this layer (the Whisper White plus the vellum) on Stampin’ Dimensionals.

In order to cut the Delicate Ornaments with the Big Shot, I used the dryer sheet and waxed paper technique!  I do not (yet) own the Precision Base Plate in the Holiday Catalog.  I had heard both good and bad about it, and of course I had plenty of other products I wanted to order from the Holiday Catalog.  Even I can’t have everything! But recently I have heard very good things about this plate and might be inclined to put it on an order soon. It is supposed to help greatly cutting out these intricate dies with all the little pieces. But today I used this sandwich:

  • Magnetic Platform (or regular platform)
  • Dryer sheet (new) (can be used over and over)
  • Card stock (in this case, the red foil)
  • Wax Paper (you could also try Parchment Paper)
  • Thinlit (cutting edge down)
  • Top cutting pad

I ran this through and rolled it right back again, then ran it through and back again. This worked perfectly, I only had a very few pieces to poke out of the ornaments, no problem at all. The design is so intricate that you really don’t even notice if a few tiny pieces do not all come out. I used some tiny pieces I cut from Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the ornaments on the red striped foil. Then I tied little bows from the Gold 1/8″ Ribbon.  The silver ribbon would have been pretty also.

The greeting is stamped with Versamark Ink and embossed with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder using the Heat Tool.  The stamp is from the To You & Yours Too Photopolymer Stamp Set.

It’s time to be making Christmas cards, if you haven’t already! Try these intricate dies and shiny paper to make a Delicate Ornaments Christmas card that will wow your friends!

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Thankful Forest Friends Animals Card

Thankful Forest Friends Animals Card

I absolutely love this Thankful Forest Friends Stamp Set, especially the cute animals, so today I made this Thankful Forest Friends Animals Card! After stamping the card, there wasn’t much room for a greeting, but I managed to fit one on.

The card base is Soft Suede, cut 6″ x 6″ and folded in half to be 3″ x 6″. The top layer is Very Vanilla. The animals are stampin in various brown inks, Soft Suede, Early Espresso and Cajun Craze for the fox. The leafy garland with acorns I colored in with various Stampin’ Write Markers. The grass is from the Sheltering Tree Stamp Set and I overstamped the blades of grass over the grass stamp. The greeting is also from the same stamp set.

You may think this stamp set is for Thanksgiving, but just think what cute baby cards you can make with these animals! Or make some cute scrapbook pages for baby or outdoor adventures!

Don’t forget to check out the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals!  Today is the last day for these.

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Nov 3 2015

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Thankful Forest Friends Thankful for You Card

Thankful Forest Friends Thankful for You Card

As long as I had my supplies out after decorating a bag in THIS POST, I decided to make this Thankful Forest Friends Thankful for You Card. I used to always say when you make one card, go ahead and make three cards of the same.  You’ll be able to use them eventually and you won’t have to get all the stuff out again.

This card uses the Thankful Forest Friends Stamp Set which I just ordered recently and I do absolutely love! The animals are so cute for any occasion and the words are great for Thanksgiving and any other thankful time!  Just don’t ink up the acorns and leaves if you want to send it in the summertime! Use markers to ink up only the words!

I don’t know what the term is or if there is one, but I had never tried the “staggered paper” look before.   Maybe it should be called tipsy paper, I don’t know! Usually I like things straight and even, but I thought I would live dangerously and stack these layers differently today! It’s okay, not sure I love it, but it’s okay and something different.  Maybe I will grow to love it! The designer paper is the beautiful Into The Woods Designer Series PaperThis stamp set and paper pack are both available in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. This paper originated with one of the Stampin’ Up! artists handpainting these designs and then Stampin’ Up! did all their magic to turn it into our designer paper. This paper really is gorgeous! Just remember, every Stampin’ Up! paper is more beautiful in person, no matter how good it already looks online!

For a little interest, I pulled some threads out of the  1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon.  Just cut off a length that you want to use, cut off the selvage edge on one side and you will be able to fray the ribbon to get however many strands you want to use as its own embellishment.  I used this Burlap Ribbon so much I had to order more! You might not think you would use it a lot, but you will! Burlap is so on trend right now and has been for awhile.

My card still needed a little something, so I stamped the little leaf stamp in the background with Versamark Ink.  Versamark has many uses, one being matching the card stock that you are stamping on.  You could get the same look if you stamped on the Tangelo Twist card stock with Tangelo Twist ink – and sometimes I do that as well!  Versamark Ink is also used in heat embossing.  I think the Versamark stamping gave the background and the card just a little something that it needed.

You don’t need to make this exact Thankful Forest Friends Thankful for You Card, you can also use the same basic design to make any other card. Try it!

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Punch Art Turkey Thanksgiving Card

Punch Art Turkey Thanksgiving Card

Is it too early for a punch art turkey card?! Probably not because Thanksgiving will be here before we know it!  Once I put up my Halloween decorations I know I will continually be changing them out through Christmas.  It all happens so fast!  Happy November!

Two years ago I made a punch art turkey Thanksgiving card, and I thought maybe it was time for an update. You can view it HERE. I made this card the same way, just used the current new paper, Into the Woods Designer Series PaperI only recently got this paper (even a Demonstrator can’t have it all!) and let me tell you, it is gorgeous!  I could barely stand to cut into it and punch pieces for my card!

To make the turkey body, I used the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch. The turkey head is the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch. The feathers are made with the Large Oval Punch and the Scallop Oval PunchAnd where would any project be without using the Owl Builder Punch?!  I used the Owl Punch for the turkey feet and for the turkey eyes.  The beak is hand cut from a scrap and the waddle is punched with the heart in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. The greeting is from the well-used Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set and punched with the Word Window Punch.

This may be a  wild and crazy looking turkey, but that’s okay because I made it myself and used some beautiful paper! I played around with the feathers and placement and finally I was satisfied with it.  If you don’t feel right about your design the first time, just keep playing, move things around, change the colors, it will come!

You might enjoy this Stampin’ Up! video with the artist of these beautiful papers!

To purchase this beautiful Into the Woods Paper or any of the other supplies I used to make this Punch Art Turkey Thanksgiving Card, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.

Masculine Birthday Card with Glimmer Leaves

Masculine Birthday Card with Glimmer Leaves

It’s November! Did you remember to change your clocks?  Time to “Fall Back”!

Today I have this beautiful masculine birthday card with glimmer leaves to show you that my husband’s cousin sent me in a text.  I thought it was such a beautiful card that I asked her if I could show it off on my blog!  She made it for her son’s birthday, so as you can see, it makes a great masculine card with the neutral background colors, the leaves, and the wooden elements. We are always looking for good cards to make for the men in our lives!

The leaves are made with three colors of glimmer paper, such as the Gold Glimmer Paper, and die cut with the Leaflets Framelits Dies using the Big Shot.  She also added some Autumn Wooden Elements (retired). Although this card is for a birthday, I think it would make a beautiful card for Thanksgiving or a Thinking of You Card or any number of occasions.

This masculine birthday card with glimmer leaves proves that you can use some glimmer and sparkle even for men!

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Happy Halloween!

Halloween Cards

I can’t believe Halloween is finally here!  I still have Halloween projects I would like to make! As I was beginning to mail out some cards the other day, I just grabbed a bunch and took a photo. You will probably find most of these on other blog posts.  And now that Halloween is here, it is on to the other holidays!  Have fun tonight!  Watch out for the ghosts and goblins!

Happy Halloween!


Punch Art Black Cat Halloween Card

Punch Art Black Cat Halloween Card

I would say this punch art black cat Halloween card has two levels of inspiration on it. One day I saw pink being used in Halloween decorations and I thought that would be a fun thing to do.  I added some bits of Melon Mambo to this card, in the layers, the stamped greeting and in the paper bow on the punch art cat. (Sometimes just seeing a scrap of paper on your work table will provide inspiration!) The cat came from a picture of a cat decoration of some kind in a magazine article I recently read on the plane (the only time I seem to get to catch up on my magazines!) that made me think of the shapes of our Stampin’ Up! punches.

I used the Extra-Large Oval Punch for the cat’s body and the Large Oval Punch for the head. The ears are the top tip of the Tree Punch.  The feet are the Word Window Punch, cut in half. The legs are drawn in with the White Stampin’ Chalk MarkerI don’t remember how I did the eyes!  Maybe I just cut the shapes by hand.  Possibly I used the leaf on the Bird Builder Punch and trimmed it.  Punches just make things easier but there is no reason why you can’t cut things out by hand if you don’t have the appropriate punch – or use something else and then modify the shape.

The greeting is stamped with a stamp from Teeny Tiny Wishes.  Have I ever mentioned how I think this is one of the best stamp sets to own??  It has so many greetings to use, both for holidays and generic.  Very useful.  You can never have too many sentiments and greetings to use. For a little pizzazz, I added two Brights Candy Dots.  I love those cute Candy Dots!  The little stamped stars are from the Something to Say Stamp Set.  The star on the wand is punched from Gold Glimmer Paper with the star punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. The jack-o-lantern is stamped with the Howl-o-Ween Treat Stamp Set and punched out with the Boo To You Framelits Dies.

If you are looking for some last minute Halloween card ideas, maybe this punch art black cat Halloween card idea will help you.


Howl-O-Ween Treat Halloween Trick or Treat Card

Howl-O-Ween Treat Halloween Trick or Treat CardIf you are looking for a colorful Halloween card, look no farther than this Howl-O-Ween Treat Halloween Trick or Treat Card. The stamps are both from the Howl-o-Ween Treat Stamp Set.  The greeting is colored with three different markers and layered on the front of the card. The pumpkin is stamped and then die cut with the Boo To You Framelits Dies.

The background is simply a piece of Whisper White cardstock, with different colors just sponged on.  I have always cut the Stamping Sponges into pieces and used them that size.



After the sponging, I could see the card was going to need “something”, so I splattered the watered down Multipurpose Liquid Glue (the “green” glue, as we often say) over the card front and the greeting piece with my Aqua Painter, just like you would with a paintbrush. After applying the glue this way, sprinkle the card with Gold Stampin’ Glitter and then of course shake off.  You will have splattered sparkly glitter!  Really fun!

You have to hurry if you want to mail any Halloween cards to friends!  Halloween is Saturday, Oct. 31!

Did you know that Oct. 31st will be the last day of daylight savings time for this year?!  Time to “Fall Back” and get that extra hour of sleep!


Here are the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals!  Some fun things for jazzing up your cards and projects!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Oct 27 2015

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Shop for any supplies you need, whether for my Howl-O-Ween Treat Halloween Trick or Treat Card, or any of your other papercrafting projects at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.

Trick or Treat Watercolor Wash Halloween Card

Trick or Treat Watercolor Wash Halloween Card

The other day I got this idea to use this background stamp to make this Trick or Treat Watercolor Wash Halloween Card.  The Watercolor Wash is a large background stamp, and I colored it with several markers to make a multi-colored background. After coloring with markers, be sure to “huff” (or breathe) on the inked stamp to remoisten the ink before stamping. I thought using Halloween colors with the Watercolor Wash stamp would be fun and interesting!

Watercolor Wash Stamp

I recommend getting these background stamps in the wood-mount version.  I just think it’s easier to use them on the wood block.  I think the really big stamps and the really little stamps are better wood-mounted, and you don’t have to do any mounting as they are all ready to stamp!

After stamping the background, I used the Howl-o-Ween Treat Stamp set for the “Trick or Treat” words, the pumpkin die-cut and the stamped spiders! It’s a fun Halloween stamp set plus comes with matching Boo To You framelits dies.  You can also purchase the Bundle and save 15%.

Don’t forget about the very short Stampin’ Up! Stamp Sale, which ends on Friday, October 23!!  That is tomorrow!  All stamps are 15% off!  Don’t miss out!

Stampin up Stamp Sale


Shop Online at Stampin’ Up! to get your great stamps on sale, but do it by Friday!

Lovely As a Tree Christmas Card

Lovely As a Tree Christmas Card

This Lovely As a Tree Christmas Card is one of the easiest and most beautiful Christmas cards you could ever make! With Stampin’ Up! having the 15% Off Stamp Sale this week,
October 19 – 23, I would like to encourage you to make sure you have this stamp set, Lovely As a Tree,  in your collection.  If you have been with Stampin’ Up! for many years, you probably DO own it.  But if you are newer, you should know Lovely As a Tree is one of the most classic stamp sets Stampin’ Up! has ever sold! It has been around since 2001, I believe, which is around the time I started stamping. The fact that it is still in the catalog means that it is still very popular and still getting sales. This is a stamp set every stamper should own!

I saw the design of this card way back when I was first a demonstrator.  The stamping is so easy on this card.  Simply ink up the single evergreen tree and stamp.  Then immediately stamp again right next to that tree.  Since there is less ink on the stamp, that tree will stamp lighter. Then ink up the stamp again and stamp – and then stamp again without inking up.  Continue stamping this way over the Very Vanilla card front until it is filled with trees. Stamp a greeting at the top.  I used the greeting from the Wondrous Wreath Photopolymer Stamp Set.           

One of everyone’s favorite embellishments back then, and probably still, was Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter. This doesn’t require any thought or expertise! Simply take the 2-Way Glue Pen and scribble on each tree from top to bottom. Shake Dazzling Diamonds Glitter all over the trees on the card front and dump off the excess.  You will be amazed at how beautiful your Lovely as a Tree Christmas Card is now!

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Stampin up Stamp Sale

Layered Letters Alphabet Spooky Halloween Card

Layered Letters Alphabet Spooky Halloween Card

With the Stampin’ Up! Stamp Sale this week, you might be looking through all the stamp sets wondering which ones to buy, so I thought I might suggest the Layered Letters Alphabet Photopolymer Stamp Set so you can make fun cards like this Layered Letters Alphabet Spooky Halloween Card!  I liked this alphabet stamp set when I first saw it, back when the new annual catalog was introduced.

This card starts with a 6″ x 6″ piece of Basic Black card stock, folded in half to make a 3″ x 6″ card. Sometimes this size is fun to make! I was in to adding a pop of pink (Melon Mambo) to my Halloween card, so I have a layer of Melon Mambo and then Cucumber Crush. I used the same ink colors plus Tangelo Twist. The black is the new Basic Black Archival InkFor a little extra pizzazz I added some Happy Haunting Washi Tape just on the very edges of the Whisper White, top and bottom. Then I happened to think of adding some Googly Eyes to the O’s in Spooky!  Every crafter has googly eyes in our stash, don’t we??!

Stampin up Stamp Sale

Here are the new Stampin” Up! Weekly Deals!  Only four items again this week.

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Oct 20 2015

Get the Bow Builder Punch just in time for Christmas packaging (it’s small) or cards and projects. Use the Silver Fancy Foil Designer Vellum for making Christmas cards or packaging. Washi tape is always fun for a multitude of uses (there are whole pages on Pinterest for washi tape ideas!), and if you need to do some filing for the new year when we all try to get organized again, you will be ready with the File Tabs Edgelits Dies!  But you can also use them for making cards and projects!

Shop Online for any and all of these Stampin’ Up! Deals and offers at my Online Store!

Work of Art Howl-o-Ween Treat Halloween Card

Work of Art Howl-o-Ween Treat Halloween CardI got the idea the other day to make a Halloween card with two different stamp sets, Work of Art and Howl-o-Ween Treat, so here we have the Work of Art Howl-o-Ween Treat Halloween card!  The Work of Art Stamp Set has been very popular since it was first introduced, and you can see how versatile it can be. Just change the colors and it can be used for almost any occasion. To make it work for Halloween, just ink the stamp with Halloween colors and add some Halloween images, such as the owl and hat from Howl-o-Ween Treat.

If you don’t like cutting out things, get the Howl-o-Ween Treat Bundle that includes the Boo To You Framelits Dies along with the stamps for a 15% discount!  The framelits also cut the “Boo!” which I think is super cute to put on cards.

Even if you do not have “official” Halloween stamps, look through your stamp sets and see what you do have that you can use!  You might find a “Happy Halloween” in a large stamp set of words and greetings.  You might find a background you can use in Halloween colors.  You might find a cat stamp that you make look “Halloweeny”. Just try it and see what you can find! If you aren’t into Halloween, make a fall call in a similar fashion.

HOT OFF THE PRESS:  If you are in the market for some Stampin’ Up! stamps, wait until Monday and next week!  Check back on Monday for all the details (because I don’t have details yet!)! Start making your wish list over the weekend.

Go Houston Astros! Baseball Card

Go Houston Astros Baseball Card

It’s been a weekend of watching baseball games on TV, and in honor of the Astros baseball game today, I have made this Houston Astros baseball card. It’s fun to have a winning home sports team for the city to rally around and enjoy! It’s been ten years since the Astros were in the baseball playoffs (I even got to go to the World Series game, thanks to my friend!)  Today is Game 4 of the American League Division Series and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for an Astros win! We’ve also been watching the St. Louis Cardinal games (because when you are from St. Louis, you are always a Cardinal fan!) and we watched one of the Dodger games because our son-in-law is a huge Dodgers fan.

The Layered Letters Alphabet Photopolymer Stamp Set is perfect for a card like this when you want to express the name of a team or place or certain words. I have loved this stamp set since I first saw it! You just need to have an alphabet stamp set on hand for certain projects, and this is a good one. I love having the background shapes you can use for each letter – or not!

The baseballs were fun to make, and you can make any size.  I used the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch because that’s what fit in the space on the card. I punched the baseball from Whisper White card stock, then I used the negative piece over the punched circle as the guide to draw the red curved lines on the baseballs. I used the Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker which has two ends, a brush tip and a narrow tip, to draw on the lines and stitching on the baseballs. Then I sponged a little Soft Suede ink around the edges of the baseballs.  I loved the look of that.  Sometimes sponging can add so much to your stamping! Use the Stamping Sponges by Stampin’ Up! or the Sponge Daubers to do any sponging around the edges of your stamped images.

Today is the last day for the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Oct 6 2015

If you are interested in making cards or other papercrafting projects, you can buy the best in stamps, paper, ink, and accessories at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE.

Be ready when your team is in a good position and you want to celebrate or support! I hope I have reason to make more Houston Astros Baseball Cards after today’s game!

Howl-O-Ween Treat Halloween Card

Howl-O-Ween Treat Halloween Card

This Howl-O-Ween Halloween card may look like Halloween exploded! Somehow I felt compelled to add a lot of things on this card for Halloween! And it all started with wanting to use the Happy Haunting Washi Tape!  You never know what you will end up with when you start creating!

I applied the Happy Haunting Designer Washi Tape to the bottom of the card.  Then I stamped the owl from the Howl-O-Ween Treat Stamp Set and the pumpkin and die cut them with the matching Boo To You Framelits Dies and of course, the Big Shot. I die cut the hat from the Black Glimmer Paper in the Holiday CatalogThen I added some Gold Glimmer Paper to trim the hat with the band and punched a few stars with the star punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.

The stamped spider webs in the background are from the Witches’ Night Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Halloween stamp is from the And Many More Stamp Set.  But I was liking the glitter and glimmer so I had to also die cut the “Boo!” in the Boo to You Framelits!  I used a piece of parchment paper in between the Glimmer Paper and the framelit and it came out of the die perfectly!  My best new tip!

There’s still time to order some Halloween stamping supplies to make this Howl-O-Ween Treat Halloween Card and lots of others!

Don’t forget the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals and Clearance Rack! Some good deals are to be had! Add them to your order!

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How to Make a Bra Card

Stampin' Up! Bra Card

Today I am going to give you some ideas on how to make a Bra Card! This is an idea from a long time ago and I haven’t seen it recently. I thought it might be fun to bring up the idea again with it being October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

To make the card base, fold paper in half and place Heart Framelit Die (I used the second largest die). The Heart Framelit Die is retired now but if you already own it you can use it or at least it will give you the idea! You can make your own heart shape just out of paper and trace around it. Anyway, leave the fold at the top untouched so that the card will open.

Bra Card Big Shot

Next, cut a similar piece just out of one layer of card stock which will become the actual bra piece or at least the template if you want to keep it to make more.

Bra Card Template

Bra Card Template Cut out

With this piece, I folded it in half and then contoured it just freehand with my scissors in the bra shape I wanted.  Nothing scientific about this, you know they come in lots of shapes so you can make it wide or narrow or straight or rounded, however you want.  I used this piece for a template to cut out the pink card stock.

On the pink card stock, I stamped with Versamark the flourish from Everything Eleanor and then embossed with Stampin’ White Embossing Powder  and the Heat Tool to look lacy.  And I added a bit of Venetian Crochet Trim for a bit of lace.  For the straps, I just cut two thin scraps.  For the necklace, I drew on a silver chain with a Sharpie and added a Rhinestone Jewel.

You can make these bra cards with designer paper or plain card stock blinged up with rhinestones or pearls or embossing, both heat and with the Big Shot folders or with stamping a design.  So many creative choices!  Glue it on a larger card if you prefer!

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Stampin’ Up! will donate $1 for every active Paper Pumpkin subscriber by October 10th

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Easy Halloween Eyeball Card

Easy Halloween Eyeball Card

How about this for an easy Halloween card with eyeballs??! This card is super easy to make and a good way to use up some scraps! The card base is Garden Green, but you could use many other colors, like an orange, purple, black, red, whatever you like. Then gather all the circle punches you have for making eyeballs and go to town punching circles, eyeballs and pupils! Glue some black circles in the very center of the white eyeball and some on the edges.  Then you can play around with placement when you adhere them to the card, making some eyes crossed or looking up or down or straight on!  Make some of the eyes bloodshot with the thin tip of the Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker.  Just do whatever you want!  For my greeting, I used the “Boo!” framelit from the Boo To You Framelits Dies.

Here’s a new tip I learned and I think it is working well:  Usea piece of parchment paper in between the die and the card stock! It cuts through the card stock fine and releases it easily from the intricate die.

I got this eyeball idea from looking through a food catalog I received in the mail that had a round box decorated with eyeballs. I thought, “I could make a card like that!” So don’t just trash those many catalogs we will all be receiving in the mail for the upcoming holidays.  Look through them for ideas for your projects, whether it is copying something directly or using the same color combination or using the design for an idea for a card or bag or other project.

Have fun making some Halloween cards for your friends and family, like this easy Halloween eyeball card! Your kids could help with this one!

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For All Things Fall Card

For All Things Fall Card

I made this For All Things Fall Card because we are finally having at least a few days that feel a bit like fall in Houston. Maybe it doesn’t exactly feel like fall here, but the morning temperature was cooler yesterday and today.  We’ll take anything that we can get along those lines! For All Things is a stamp set that came out last year in the Holiday Catalog, and I just loved it. Obviously lots of people loved it because it is still here!

This is a simple card to make with just stamps, ink and paper. The card base is Cajun Craze with a layer of Garden Green card stock. The stamp set comes with a background image which I stamped in Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, and Garden Green. In order to make the colors lighter, I stamped “off” once, which means after inking up I stamped on scrap paper to remove some, but not all, of the ink. That makes it lighter so that I could stamp over that background image with the same color leaf and it would show up. The images are stamped on Very Vanilla as I thought Whisper White might be too stark for fall colors.  I thought the greeting that came in the stamp set was perfect for what I wanted to express this morning!

There are ways this card could have been made in a “fancier” way, but sometimes just simple is best with stamps, ink and paper and nothing else. If you don’t already own the For All Things Stamp Set, you might want to get it as soon as possible for fall and for Thanksgiving.

Don’t forget to check out the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals ending tonight.

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deal Sept 29 2015

Just a Few Hours Left Until the 12 Weeks of Christmas Begins!

Festival of Trees 4x4 Card

Today I will be starting the 12 Weeks of Christmas campaign as a free gift for my mailing list subscribers. Each week, subscribers will receive an e-mail containing a project idea for a holiday card, gift, tag or wrapping, along with the steps necessary to assemble it! This is ONLY for my mailing list subscribers, and you have just a few hours left before the first e-mail goes out (today at 1:00 p.m. Central time). If you are not on my mailing list, you will not receive this holiday idea, this first email.  Just fill in the box in the upper right corner of my blog with your name and email.  Then be sure to check your email to look for the confirmation email giving your permission to actually send you email. You will also get a free gift always offered to new subscribers!  But be sure to click the link to confirm in the confirmation email.

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Airplane Punch Art Birthday Card

Airplane Punch Art Birthday Card

Now that my brother’s birthday has come and gone, I can post the Airplane Punch Art Birthday Card I made for him. The background layer of the card is made with the Cloudy Day Embossing Folder (retired), but an alternative thing you can do is just sponge some White Craft Ink onto a blue background to make some wispy clouds in the sky. I even have one “cloud” in the sky made with one of the Scallop Circle Punches, depending on which size you want to use.

The airplane is made with the Word Window Punch for the wings and the tail. The front of the plane is made with one of the circle punches.  I forget which size! But you can experiment and see which size works for your airplane! For the windshield, use a smaller circle punch and cut it in quarters.  Use two of the quarters for the window. Then, of course, the plane nose and jet engines are made with two small circle punches, I probably used the 1/2″ circle or so. For the body of the plane, I used some retired Silver cardstock but you could use Silver Foil for a shiny plane or one of the gray colors. I “tied” on a banner like an airplane pulls for advertising for the birthday greeting and just cut the banner by freehand.

A fun and easy birthday card to make.  You could use a design like this for a birthday party theme. Try the Airplane Punch Art Birthday Card and customize it!

If you want to make a card like this and need some papercrafting supplies, just shop at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store.