Monday, April 22, 2013


Paper Pumpkin is a new kit that can be mailed to you around the middle of each month for about $25.  You can try a trial kit or subscribe to the monthly kit.  I just got my 2nd kit and I love how quick and easy these cards are to put together.  You can make all 4 alike or change them up a bit.

Here are the details and the site to sign up.  Name me as your demonstrator so I know you are getting the kit.
  • Each month SU sends you an unique, surprise kit with a project-cards, journals, d├ęcor, and more! (We've even colour-coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories-everything but adhesive. 
  • Each kit gives you and your customer a 30-minute creativity escape. 
  • We will ship your Paper Pumpkin on or around the 15th of the month.   
  • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month. 
  • A Paper Pumpkin membership $24.95 per month (and shipping is included!)
  • There's no commitment, you can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at anytime. You can also skip a month if you want. 
  • The Welcome Kit is the very first Paper Pumpkin you will receive in the first month of your membership. The Welcome Kit includes a free gift-a clear acrylic block!
  • A Try-It kit is available on the online store if you'd like to try Paper Pumpkin for one month. 
Here are samples from the first kit:
Quick and easy cards.  Sign up to get your monthly kit!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Remarkable 25th Anniversary Blog Tour

The featured 25th Anniversary stamp for this month's blog tour is:  Best of Flowers.  This set has some of my favorite retired flowers only in smaller versions.  Upsy Daisy and the Hydrangea

Today's card I choose to feature the Hydrangea.  This was my niece's flower for her wedding and I just love them.  Here in Northern Michigan tho -- it is still winter.  Yes it was 36 degrees today with snow flurries.  There isn't a daffodil or any kind of flower blooming in Northern Michigan yet.  So I hope this simple, but elegant card will lift your spirits.  Great workshop card and uses some accessories that I don't use much.

Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder, White Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Wisteria Wonder and Wild Wasabi Markers, Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder and Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz, 2 1/2" Circle Punch

Now hop on over to Susan Carlson's blog to see what she has created.  I hope you enjoy the tour.
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Sunday, April 14, 2013


This month's featured stamp set is SECRET GARDEN.  This set has a matching Framelits Dies called Secret Garden that makes cutting these flowers and leaves out a breeze.  I can't tell you how many flowers and leaves I have cut out by hand.  This bundle speeds up card making and the hardest part is figuring how to place the framelit on the stamped image.  TIP - pick an unique petal on the flower and start your lining up there.  That has worked for me and my customers.  Also see tip below on how to keep the framelit lined up when running through the Big Shot.

Here are some cards I have made with the stamp set and framelits.  Enjoy!
Crumb Cake, Midnight Muse, Marina Mist and Gumball Green

  Very vanilla, old olive, daffodil delight, cajun craze (rock and roll technique), tangerine tango and crumb cake.

 This is a card we are doing at a workshop for Mother's Day.  Changing the sentiment but not the idea.  Used the Windows framelits to make the template and sponged the Crumb Cake in the center.  As you can see I did NOT do a very good job lining up the framelit with the tangerine tango flower.  It actually was lined up but I didn't use the post it note trick to hold it in place.  If you don't know that trick -- here is a quick version.  Line up framelit on stamped flower.  Carefully take a post it note and with the sticky edge, stick to the framelit and paper.  Then put on your top plate and run through the Big Shot.  You can use the post it note multiple times.

Basic Gray, Whisper White, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit, Jet Black StazOn, Aqua Painter, Secret Garden Framelits, Fancy Fold Folder, Labels Collectoin Framelit

Simple card, but can be very elegant.  Jazz it up with some ribbon and bling. This card was one that was in the Online Class that can be purchased. 

Very Vanilla, Rasberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Gumball Green, Summer Starfruit, Crumb Cake and Print Poetry DSP.
Check out pg. 17 in the Spring Mini - this is my version of the card featured on that page.  This uses clear embossing powder to really POP the colors.  Also uses the Woodgrain embossing folder and sponge on some Crumb Cake to bring out the woodgrain.

Click the image below to go to the next blog in this tour (Susan Carlson).  Sure hope you have enjoyed the tour and got some new ideas and tips.

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