Wednesday, April 24, 2019

March Paper Pumpkin

I really am a fan of Paper Pumpkin kits. I love that they have everything designed, ready to go. You can easily make the designed project, or you can do your own thing and adjust it to something else you want.

March's Paper Pumpkin was their 6th anniversary kit, so they went with a fun birthday theme. I happened to need some birthday cards right that second, haha, so I put one of each style together. I stuck them in the mail that same day and just realized I never shared it here!
 The insides of each card is fun too!

This particular kit came with the supplies to make four of each card and they are standard sized. There are coordinating lined envelopes too. But because it was Paper Pumpkin's birthday, they included a free bonus stamp set as a birthday gift or party favor, haha. It was a set of polka dot numbers that match the die cut "4" on the front of the second card. That's great for me- perfect for scrapbooking, as well as birthday cards where you want to include the age! 

I haven't had a chance to get back to this kit yet, but I definitely need to! We always need birthday cards on hand! And I can already tell you, in addition to the cute stamps and the ink spot we get to keep forever from all the kits, there will be die cuts left over for other projects. I love that! 

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Summer Scrapping!

I haven't stamped very much in recent weeks, I have been really busy with a lot of things, most of which are in fact for other people. Not that I mind, it's just that sometimes you need a minute to yourself. So today, after an unexpectedly crazy morning, I decided I was going to stamp. Then I decided that even better- I was going to scrapbook!

I pulled out the printed pics intended for my baby's book, looked at the events I had and figured I'd do the whichever theme matched the first thing I found and loved that fit, haha! This long retired DP was perfect for her first time in the wading pool last summer, with the high waves and swirls. I knew exactly which stamp image I wanted to use after that, and I just made it fit, HA. I don't even love the placement of the stamp or the journaling, because I really wanted to show off the DP, but there it is, and hey, she's got two more pages done! That puts her up to .... eight whole pages! YIKES!
Stamps: Lively Little Ones, Skinny Mini Alphabet (both retired)
Ink: Pacific Point, Memento Black, Calypso Coral marker
Paper: Whisper White card stock, High Tide DP (retired)
Accessories: Watercolor Pencils, Glue Dots, sequins from a retired embellishment kit

This is why I keep what I buy. Many demonstrators sell off their retired products, and I do sell some, to make more room, but. I start by buying what I love, then I find ways to use it in my scrapbooks. Lively Little Ones came out in 2005. Skinny Mini Alphabet came out in 2014. And the DP is from at least 2015, maybe earlier. I love having a variety of alphabet stamps. I love having a nice stash of DP for any occasion. And I love the variety of stamps that come and go!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Upcoming Paper Pumpkin!

Here's a sneaky peek to May's Paper Pumpkin kit!

This May, you’re in for a treat. Paper Pumpkin has teamed up with Shelli Gardner, board chair and cofounder of Stampin’ Up!, to bring you a very special Paper Pumpkin kit. Shelli herself helped conceptualize and design the projects from start to finish. You’ll love the adorable floral box and the elegant, spring-themed vibe. So don’t wait to subscribe (US|CA). This is the kit everyone is going to be talking about!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Bright, Flowery Birthday

Today's card is really bright, haha... But that is okay because it keeps trying to snow at my house, so maybe here's some sunshine? I need a number of birthday cards this week, so that's what I finally played with!

I love this new How Sweet It Is DP from the Occasions Mini, but I think it has to be used in small doses, haha! I wanted to use some of it today, and I thought the latest Mojo Monday sketch was just right! Also, since I picked these rainbow-y stripes, it fits the current Retro Rubber challenge perfectly- and the Jar of Love stamp set is from at least 2016, if not earlier. I picked the flower colors from the DP (and it sounds like a fruit salad on my desk, haha) I've been wanting to play with this pretty ribbon too.

It's not the simplest card, but overall I like it. I don't love the way the jar and the greeting panel line up a little too well, but I'd already done all the stamping and everything before I realized that, so here it is anyway. And I'm pretty sure the recipient won't mind.
Stamps: Jar of Love, Well Said
Ink: Memento Black, Pineapple Punch, Melon Mambo, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Whisper White card stocks, How Sweet It Is DP
Accessories: Coastal Cabana/Granny Apple Green Reversible Ribbon, Everyday Jars dies, Well Written dies, Big Shot, Dimensionals

Friday, April 5, 2019

Spring Trees Take Two...

Today's card is very similar to the last thing I posted, but this time I used a sketch (Freshly Made Sketches) and color challenge (Just Add Ink -I picked the pink and green and the gray sign) ...and it happens to fit two other challenges too! (SUO Challenges of anything made with Stampin' Up! products, and Global Design Project's "day at the park". Trees are definitely in our parks.)

I needed a sympathy card and I wanted it to brighten the day of the recipient instead of keep them feeling down... I really wanted to use these trees in the main panel of the sketch, and I wanted to use the gorgeous leafy print from the Occasions Mini. I also really love this sentiment that 'today a friend is thinking of you'...
Stamps: Winter Woods, Part of My Story (now retired)
Ink: Gray Granite, Pear Pizazz, Powder Pink
Paper: Pear Pizazz, Whisper White card stock, Floral Romance DP
Accessories: Stamping Sponge

And almost as soon as I photographed it, I sent it on its way to brighten someone's day!

Monday, April 1, 2019

We Create In Color 2017-2019 Blog Hop

Annnd another month has come and gone! But that means a new blog hop, full of inspiration for you, so let's get to it!
This month we're focusing on the In Colors that are going to be gone soon! I bought all the ink pads and card stocks as soon as these colors were released and I have really loved them. I will especially miss Fresh Fig, but since I've used it the most, I wanted to focus on other colors this time, haha. I picked Powder Pink, Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist. 
I also chose to focus on spring, which is coming...I'm sure of it! even if it has snowed here a couple times this past week... I love this Winter Woods set from the Holiday Mini and I'm so glad it's carried over, at least this far. This time I used it to make some pretty spring-green trees with some pink blossoms sponged over them! I added some sequins for a little something and as I'm typing, it strikes me they have kind of a late season icicle look? hahaha.... And I have to add- the sequins are so much easier to use with the Take Your Pick tool!! SO much easier!
The latest Freshly Made Sketch worked perfectly for these trees and for adding that pop of Berry Burst, so that's what I used for the layout.
Stamps: Winter Wood
Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Berry Burst
Paper: Powder Pink, Berry Burst & Whisper White card stocks
Accessories: Metallic Sequins, Glue Dots, Stamping Sponges, Take Your Pick Tool

Now click the NEXT button to hop on over to see what Cheryl has created for you, then hop on thru to see the rest of our creations. And leave us your thoughts- everyone loves feedback on their work!
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