Hello stampers. It is always so very exciting when unusual combinations turn out well. I love our crinkled seam binding ribbon but it has been in the house now since May and I haven’t used it yet!! I looked at the colours and thought that yes, I could make this work for Christmas. This is how my mind worked. I also wanted to use the stamp sets from the last two Paper Pumpkins. A snowflake card for my next coffee and a card class was at the top of my agenda and I usually use shades of blue for my snowflake cards. It was a perfect match for the night of navy crinkled seam binding ribbon. I also wanted to keep the cards clean and simple since I was still in recovery from the detailed, fussy cards we made at the last coffee and a card class. Here is my snowflake card:
For this snowflake card I used night of navy, pool party and dapper denim as well as the stamp set Colourful Season. The white layer is 3 3/4″ by 5″. Dapper denim layer is 4″ by 5 1/4″. The Everyday Label punch coordinates perfectly with the Back in Plaid November Paper Pumpkin. A Paper Pumpkin subscription would make a great Christmas gift for the crafter on your list, maybe even you! I always compare it with the analogy of cooking. While I love to cook, I also very much enjoy a take-out meal or a pizza delivered to my door. That is what Paper Pumpkin is for the person who already has all kinds of stamps. This is a surprise box of instant gratification with very little thought required and lots of satisfaction. I really like that you can see what other people in the stamping community have done with their kits. It’s like a global design challenge. If you are interested, just click on this link. You can choose a one month, three month or six month prepaid subscription, or you can subscribe month by month and cancel or skip at any time.
This next card uses Berry Burst ribbon. Do you also see how this card is not necessarily limited to Christmas time? It could be a baby congratulations card or a New Year card too, or even a birthday card.
I love how this card looks like a present with the pretty ribbon. The Year of Cheer specialty paper and the scattering of rhinestones make this card simply elegant. The white strip with “joy” is 1″ by 3 3/4″. The final card in this trio uses the emerald envy crinkled seam binding ribbon.
The best part about this ribbon is how textured it is and how surprisingly light, so it is very easy to tie, doesn’t take much room in an envelope and it really has nice volume too. It gets the two thumbs up from me. It also comes in Peekaboo Peach, but there is no way I could turn that into a Christmas card!
I find it rather amusing that these cards all use the Back in Plaid Paper Pumpkin and there isn’t an iota of plaid to be found. What I really do love is that the stamp sets live on long after you have used up your adorable kit. Here is the actual project that was in the kit, I am looking forward to surprising random people with one of these cute stockings full of Lindor chocolates. I also love how the stocking turned out when run through the Big Shot with the cable knit embossing folder. This folder just happens to be on sale now too! Quick tip: I just sprayed it with ironing starch and then ironed it before embossing it.
Take a look at the crinkled seam binding ribbon up close. I love how this picture turned out. You can really see the shimmer and the texture and the glorious richness of the colours.
The last thing I made with this Paper Pumpkin was a cute little tag. I couldn’t resist using our embellishments from last year. Unfortunately they are no longer available, but maybe you also have some leftover in your stash from last year. This tag is the only project that I didn’t use the crinkled seam binding ribbon on, but it looks cute with the twine too.
I hope that you have been inspired by these clean and simple cards. If you have any questions or feedback, please comment below and I would be happy to help. Have a super day!
Gold Maple Leaves, Cajun Craze Ink and Thankful Sentiments
Hello stampers! When I opened this month’s Paper Pumpkin I literally squealed with delight. I love absolutely everything about it, from the the intricate gold foil maple leaves to the beautiful leaf stamps and the pretty thankful sayings. The embossed cards and pillow boxes are just beautiful. I made up the samples right away and when my 18 year old daughter Rachel saw them she asked if she could make some too. Then you know you have a winner. Take a look how beautiful they are:
I sponged over the embossed surface of the pillow box and the card so that you could see the pattern even better. These will look so nice on the Thanksgiving table at each place setting. Here is a look at all the pieces that came in the kit:
I just love how easy it is to make beautiful things. I noticed that the gold foil maple leaves are exactly the same as the ones in the Colourful Seasons Bundle, but it is a lot more work to make those than to use the ones that are already done. To make them first put an adhesive sheet on the copper foil paper (or gold or champagne) Then run it through the BIg Shot with the Precision base plate. If you don’t have this amazing product yet, you definitely want it to use with all your intricate thinlets. It makes an incredible difference, not nearly as much poking to get all the little bits out.
Alternate Projects with Paper Pumpkin
I love joy-fold cards. They are striking yet simple to make. I thought the leaves would really pop if they were put on a black card. What do you think?
The black card base is 4 1/4″ by 8 1/4″ and scored at 5 1/2″. The cajun craze piece is 8″ by 3″ scored at 4″. The white panel with the leaves is 2 1/2″ by 4″. I sponged the edges with cajun craze and stamped the leaves with crushed curry, cajun craze and old olive. I used sponge daubers to add some colour to the large maple leaf. The birthday panel has a black layer that is 2 3/4″ by 3 3/4″. The white panel is 2 1/2″ by 3 1/2″. Here is another look:
The front panel of this card uses “birthday wishes” from Happiest of Days and the border is done using Timeless Textures. I used a blender pen to colour in the flower and the leaves using old olive and crushed curry. I finished my playtime with this set by making another retiform card.
Now is the perfect time to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin because Stampin’Up! is doing something brand new. They are coordinating the October and November Pumpkins so that you get more bang for your buck in your Christmas preparations. Here is the link if you want to sign up for Paper Pumpkin with me. You can cancel your subscription at any time.
Blog Candy Giveaway
Here is one last card using the September Paper Pumpkin, Layered Leaves. I used an emboss resist technique which means I stamped the leaves in versamark and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I sponged on crushed curry, cherry cobbler, old olive and cajun craze. The thank you sentiment was stamped in early espresso. The sequins are from last year’s Paper Pumpkin. I am giving away a Paper Pumpkin refill kit that includes these great fall coloured sequins in two sizes. Everyone who comments on this blog post and pins one of the cards featured in this post will be entered into the draw. Tell me which card you pinned in your comment.
Here is a close-up of those gorgeous sequins from last year’s Paper Pumpkin, Season of Gratitude.
Here is a picture of the refill kit that you can win as blog candy if you comment on this blog post and pin one of the cards to Pinterest. How much fun is that?!
Comment on this blog post and pin one of the cards and you will be entered into a draw to win this Paper Pumpkin refill. Thanks everyone for joining me today, I hope you have a great rest of your day! Happy stamping.
Hello stampers! Did you know that my favourite class is my weekly coffee and a card class? Do you know why? It is because there is such a sense of community in this class. Before we make even one card, we first gather in the kitchen and chat over a cup of coffee or tea along with whatever treats I have baked that morning. It is so nice to hear the buzz of conversation and the bursts of laughter. People make new friends at this class and they bring old friends along. I love when new stampers come because watching their faces as they realize what they can do when they ink up a stamp and put it on paper is just so terrific. It brings me deep joy. Everyone is creative, we are just too often afraid to express our creativity. That is where I come in. I am your creative coach. I make it easy for you by having all the pieces of card stock and paper already measured and cut for you. Last Tuesday one of my customers brought her gramma for the first time. Not only did gramma have a wonderful time, the two of them also had a great bonding time and gramma met some new friends too. Here they are:
I usually focus on just one stamp set or bundle at each coffee and a card class. This way you can see the versatility of a set and see if it something you would like to add to your personal stash. We all have different tastes and also different affinities as to what kind of stamping we like. Some people like intricate stamping and lining things up. For other people this is a nightmare. So not all stamps are for all people. At this class you can try before you buy! Isn’t that awesome? I like to think that three cards for ten dollars plus a great cup of coffee and some fresh baking is very good value. When do you plan to join us? Here is what we are doing this coming week:
Do you recognize anything from these pictures? I am guessing that maybe the bold bright colours and graphic images look familiar. Yes, they are from the April Paper Pumpkin, “A Sara Thing”. I love the sparkly flowers, the water colour paper and the font that is Sara’s own handwriting. Sara Douglass is the CEO of Stampin’Up! daughter of our dear Shelli Gardner, co-founder of Stampin’Up! The last card you see in the bottom right corner is a clean and simple card made with the new Eastern Palace Suite, which you can order May 1. Here is another picture where you can see that there are also amazing envelopes to match with the cards.
The watercolour look you see is created with our watercolour pencils and a paint brush that was included in the Paper Pumpkin kit. If you don’t already subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, you might want to consider it. How awesome to get a stamp set, a mini ink pad and all the supplies to make some great projects all ready to go for you. No fuss, no muss, just fun! What a great way to get creative with your kids, your mom, your friends, or just for some me time? My favourite story to share is about one of my Paper Pumpkin customers. She gets one kit for herself and one for her grand-daughter and then they Skype and make it together. How creative is that? Quality time with a long-distance grandchild. Paper Pumpkin kits are also great to take along to the cottage or on a less happy occasion, to the hospital if you have to sit at the bedside of a loved one for prolonged periods of time.
Here is the last card included with this Paper Pumpkin. In all there were twelve cards, a roll of washi tape, sticker sheets for the leaves, pretty glitter flowers, glue dots, dimensionals and a mini archival black ink pad. In Canada Paper Pumpkin is $27 plus tax. Shipping is included. I think that is great value. If you are interested just go to www.mypaperpumpkin.com and please select me as your demonstrator.
Every once in a while you also get a special surprise in with your Paper Pumpkin. This time it was a package of four mini watercolour pencils. I love surprises. I am looking forward to what my customers think about this kit at our next coffee and a card class. Till next time!