Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I want to share a hidden treasure from the annual catalog: mini paper pumpkin boxes. Did you know that these cute boxes are super easy to decorate, they are food safe AND they fit our note cards and envelopes? I just discovered them when I created my #itsallaboutthetreats event. Let’s take a look.
Mini Paper Pumpkin Boxes
As card makers we don’t always realize what a wonderful gift a package of hand made cards can be. With the mini paper pumpkin boxes, you have an easy solution for packaging your notecards and envelopes. Here is a picture of two boxes that I made along with the coordinating notecards and envelopes. This time the theme is Christmas, but you can make it whatever you want! They are $10.25 for a package of ten sturdy, food safe boxes.
Today was quite the grey, overcast day so the natural lighting was less than ideal. Truth be told both the cards and the boxes are MUCH nicer in person, but you are going to have to take my word for it. I now have a pdf tutorial for these projects and more as well as three favourite Christmas recipes if you are interested. I have a Zoom gathering planned for this Friday morning from 10am till noon EST to make the coffee carrier and two other boxes plus to bake traditional Nanaimo bars. If you purchase the tutorial you can join in on the Zoom gathering for free.
I thought I would update you on my quarantine experience. It has been a little bit intense for two reasons. The first reason is the COVID situation in Europe. Both the Netherlands and Germany are going into strict lockdown today and that affected the amaryllis prices drastically on Monday. It was like the stock market crash of 1929 for the flower industry and in one day Gerard saw all his hard work and profits for the year go down the drain. Being apart when things like that happen is tough.
The second thing is my Pap’s health. Two of my siblings were begging me to break quarantine so that I could go and see him. They were afraid that I might miss seeing him alive. I had to make the difficult decision to sit tight and wait until it looked like I had no option. Please pray that he will hold on till my quarantine is over. It does help to know that I am only two and half hours away instead of an ocean apart.
I miss my regular stampers and hope that you are still stamping on your own. Please join me in my weekly live YouTube videos with the virtual coffee and a card. I hope to send out the kits for January on Friday so let me know if you want to join in. My newsletter was sent today with information for Pod Parties and for an actual Open House and new catalog launch on January 4. I have designed a COVID friendly way for you to see the new products and to sign up for virtual classes or buy in stock kits. That’s it for now, have a super day!
PS. I forgot to mention that I used the stamp set Press On for the cute coffee cups and that if you live in Canada I would love it if you shopped with me by clicking on the items in the product list below….
Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today is going to be a philosophical post called “Never Assume”. What am I talking about? Let’s find out.
Of course on a stamping blog my topic of “never assume” is going to be card related. I was inspired by a picture I had saved on my desktop. The picture is of my very active grandson Leo making a card. We had assumed that Leo would not be the slightest interested in sitting down to stamp. Boy were we wrong. Here he is eagerly making a birthday card for his cousin Ana.
The Magic of Stamps, Ink and Paper
Deep down we all yearn to be creative. We want to express ourselves in art but there is fear. Fear of failure. Fear of not being able to accomplish what we can do in our heads. Then came stamps! The art is already done. All we have to do is ink up that stamp and put it to paper and we already have beauty. Everything that happens after that is just icing on the cake. I challenge you to introduce someone new to stamping. Invite a friend over and bring out the paper, ink and stamps. Start with plain white computer paper so that there is no stress about ruining your “good stuff”. See where that takes you.
Stamping With Children
When stamping with children stick to using just one colour of ink. Put out some grid paper or butcher paper or even newspaper to protect your table. Show them you to put the stamp on the ink pad and then on the paper and let them have at it. Suppress the urge to control the outcome. Marvel at their joy! Here is another blog post using note cards and envelopes. Coincidentally it is also a blog post about children!!
When you get a new stamp set take the time to stamp each image on whisper white cardstock. Stamp them in different colours; do “generational” stamping where you stamp off several times so that you get different shades. In other words, just play a bit. This will give you the feel of the stamp set and will remove any pressure to create something amazing right away. A pack of notecards and envelopes is a very economical investment to allow you to play with the simple stamping technique. You can get twenty note cards and envelopes for only $9.50. That’s cheaper than a movie ticket and will keep you occupied just as long.
Thanks for joining me today for this little ramble. Just think what could happen when you stop deciding for others whether they will enjoy stamping or not. You might find yourself a whole new group of stamping buddies. I can’t wait to hear your stories! Be sure to tell your new people about the great deal on the starter kit that ends at the end of June. What a great way to get started on a fantastic hobby.
Hello stampers! Fall is definitely in the air here in southern Ontario so I was inspired to use this Paper Pumpkin kit, The Gift of Fall. For the first time Stampin’Up! has offered an add-on kit. They did this because the kit was gift bags for Thanksgiving and not everyone likes making bags even though they are adorable.
The Gift of Fall Add-on Kit
The add on was a pack of 24 note cards and envelopes that would coordinate with the rest of the products in the Paper Pumpkin kit. I saw this is a great opportunity for me to save time and to show the versatility of Paper Pumpkin. These gorgeous cards will be the feature of next week’s coffee and a card class. Coordination is one of Stampin’Up!s great selling points. When you don’t have to scramble to make things match and look good it not only saves time, it also creates good energy and fun stress free crafting. The add on kit is still available for purchase and so is the refill kit. Beautiful fall crafting is only a click away.
Here is the Paper Pumpkin refill kit. You must be a Paper Pumpkin subscriber to be able to purchase the refills.
Let’s cut to the chase and see what I came up with last night. I love making alternative cards with Paper Pumpkin supplies and I think you would too. The best part is that it all comes in a box with accessories and all.
All I added to this card was some die cuts from the Flourish dies. One was cut from gold foil paper and the other from merry merlot cardstock. It was just the extra detail I was looking for. Both the ribbon and the gold sequins are from the kit.
Do you see the stamped background? Any idea what I used? It’s the new copper Delicata ink pad. I also used it for the sentiment and then I stamped again in Memento for a shadow. This could be a bit tricky but I just eyeballed it and it worked out. You just have to hold your tongue the right way!!
For this last card I made a crumb cake card base with a layer of merry merlot. I cut down the white banner to three inches and then I used a piece of the envelope flap to make the crushed curry strip on the banner. The leaf was turned upside down and sponged with bermuda bay. The colourful banner is from the kit as is the linen thread and the gold sequins. The background was embossed in gold with the Paper Pumpkin Gift of Fall stamp.
Delicata Metallic Ink
This lovely new product adds a gorgeous touch to these cards. I used copper even though the sequins are gold. The reason? It was the only one I had and it did work. These ink pads are not cheap at $15 so I wanted to try one before I bought all three. It comes in golden glitz, silvery shimmer and celestial copper. Refills are also available. One of my favourite papers in the holiday catalog is the Brightly Gleaming paper and it has copper in it so this would coordinate perfectly don’t you think?
Before I leave you for the day I thought I would remind you that I am offering an online club called the High Flyer club. You can read all about it here. I am also considering doing a monthly online technique club. Both of these clubs would feature exclusive videos and cards and a private Facebook group where we can interact. You would take turns receiving host benefits using a host code. Stay tuned, hopefully I will have more details on this next week.
Thanks so much for joining me today. The holiday catalog is now live so you can order all the beautiful products in my online store. Please do use the current host code: ZQKK7SAB.
Have a super day and be sure to make the world a better place today, one card at a time!
Hello stampers! You are a very lucky bunch indeed, because you get a fabulous sneak peek at a brand new suite from the upcoming 2017-2018 annual catalog. It is called Birthday Memories Suite and it is unlike anything Stampin’Up! has ever offered before. What makes it unique is that the framelits in the bundle also cut out the beautiful images from the paper. I can’t share the pictures for the paper, the stamp set or the framelits yet, but I can show you the projects that I made!
I just love the honeycomb embellishments that go with this suite. The colours there match perfectly with the patterned paper. Here is a close-up:
Do you see the girl in the inside of this card? It is a stamp and there is a matching framelit. There is also a girl on the patterned paper that faces the front and it also fits into the framelit.
The patterned paper in this suite that you can make the easiest cards ever just by using a square of it and putting it on the front of the card. I love the nostalgic feel of it and that it works for both boys and girls. Doesn’t it remind you of the beautiful story books that you read as a child?
This is a great card for a dog lover and it simply uses a piece of patterned paper from the Birthday Memories Suite. Here is the inside of the card and it uses the stamp set Here for You.
This suite is great, not only for cards, but also for cute gifts.
This is a petite cafe bag. Did you know that they are poly-lined so that they are safe for treats. Perfect for Easter. I also like to put hazelnut vanilla coffee beans in there. Looks great and smells great too! The next gift is a white treat box that has a clear sleeve around it that has been embellished with a wide banner and a big bow.
If you look closely you can see the clear acetate sleeve around the box. That means the whole embellished beautiful topper comes off so that the gift can be opened and nothing destroyed.
On this baby card I pulled the ribbon apart and it suits the card perfectly. It also combines very well with the That’s The Tag bundle. Here is close up of the fox:
Another image that is from the patterned paper is the cake and it cuts out with a coordinating framelit. Such fun to play with!!
Here is one more cake card and then I am going to save the rest of the projects for another day. This post is getting super long and I am getting super tired!!
This last card uses one of the neutral sheets from the designer series paper in the Birthday Memories Suite. The cake is an image from the paper and the chef is a stamp. Both are cut using framelits, so no fussy cutting. How awesome is that?!
Stay tuned for more amazing projects using this fabulous suite.
Perfect Mix is the perfect stamp set for me because it is all about baking! The Pampered Stamper is called just that because I like to pamper people in my classes with homemade baked treats. I also love words, the words in this stamp set really tickle my fancy.
I chose to keep my cards clean and simple by using square mats on the whisper white notecards. The black mat is 3″ square and the white one is 2 7/8″ square. You could definitely step them up a bit by adding a little Wink of Stella to add some sparkle.
Here is a closer look at the cards. I got the idea of using this set at the first ever Canadian Business Conference for Stampin’Up! demonstrators who are at the Silver Elite level and up. It was introduced as a “speed class” and for good reason. You can make all six of these cards in one hour with ease and even time for a coffee and a piece of cake.
Come for a fun class, Perfect Mix, on Wednesday February 22 at either 1pm or 7pm. If you have any requests for treats, post a comment here and you might get lucky. It really is all about the treats!! There is lots more that you can do with this set. You could make fancier cards, cute tags for when you give someone a lovely loaf or a dozen muffins, or even some free-range eggs.
Here is a cute tag that you could add to a simple gift to really impress someone with how thoughtful you are! It really is the Perfect Mix!
Well, I hope that I have inspired you today and that you will consider coming to this Perfect Mix class. Even if you have never stamped before, I promise you that you will go home with some beautiful cards and a new hobby to love. Bring a friend and I will have a small surprise for both of you.
Stamping hugs, Jackie