Hello stampers! I really love the title of this blog post, On My Mind. Did you know that you are often on my mind? I am always thinking of ways that I can make my business more meaningful for you. Someone close to me said that I was doing great things but using the “dullest tool imaginable”. Obviously she doesn’t love stamping, because I would strongly disagree. I think I am using beautiful tools and that together we are changing the world one card at a time. Of course I am assuming that you are not only making cards but also sending them. If you are hoarding your cards then the world is not being changed too much by your hobby.
On My Mind is the title of this blog because it is also the name of the July Paper Pumpkin. Every month I host a Beginner Class on the fourth Wednesday of the month. I have been using Paper Pumpkin for these classes because I think that this product is perfect for beginners. Seasoned stampers can use the products in these great kits to make “avid” cards. Did you know that Stampin’Up! has us categorized into three different types of paper crafters? Beginner, casual and avid. We all know what a beginner stamper is, someone who is baffled by all the tools and terminology, not to mention our crazy colour names. SU sounds like Laurentian on steroids, or am I the only one who remembers Laurentian pencil crayons? Maybe that is only a Canadian thing. A casual stamper comes to classes once in a while. They know what they are doing but they don’t need to have it all, they are happy with just making the cards that they need or to get out and have fun once in a while. Then you have the avid paper crafter. That’s us. We are hopelessly addicted. We want it all and we love layers, embellishments and fancy folds. That’s ok. If fact, it’s pretty awesome. Without my avid people I wouldn’t be in business!
Let’s take a look at the cards we will be making at Beginner class next week Wednesday. Have I told you that you don’t have to be a beginner to come to these classes? This class goes at a slower pace and doesn’t assume any prior knowledge of stamping. Ask your most basic questions and don’t feel like an idiot. (I hope I never make anyone feel that way, but sometimes we put that pressure on ourselves)
I do so love the font of this saying from On My Mind. What a fabulous card to send to someone in the mail for no reason at all. Do you have someone in mind when you see this card?
This card was slightly altered. If found that the base was not as sturdy as I would like in a card so I simply cut the back off and then trimmed the front to measure 4 1/8 by 5 3/* and put it on a pretty peacock card. I really like how that makes the whole thing pop. Aren’t the lined envelopes just so pretty?
Have you noticed that the cards and stamps in this Paper Pumpkin coordinate with products from our annual catalog? I love that, it adds more value all around. While these cards look amazing and a little bit complex, they are perfect for beginners too. I can’t wait to see who comes to this fun class. Class fee is only $15, but if you choose to order you get that money back to use on your order. Win-win.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. In the product links below I have included the coordinating suites of products that are in the annual catalog.
Next month’s Paper Pumpkin will be fall themed and it is gift bags. For the first time ever Stampin’Up! is offering an add-on coordinating card kit if you want. I thought the gift bags would be perfect for beginning of the year teacher and staff gifts or to be used at a Thanksgiving meal as table favours with notes of gratitude tucked inside. Mine are coming with me to Holland and that is exactly what I am going to use them for. If you want to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, here is the link for you. I do try to make it easy to get what you want!
Hello stampers. SImple stamping is very rewarding when done properly. Just because a card is simple does not mean it has to be boring. It’s all in the details. Choose your elements carefully. If there are few of them they have to be nice! Pretty paper does not need a lot of embellishment, but it does need matching cardstock and ink. It needs to be balanced and uncluttered. This butterfly card is a perfect example of simple stamping.
The other thing that is crucial to simple stamping is colour coordination. Stampin’Up! products take all the guesswork out of designing a pretty card. The ink, the cardstock, the patterned paper and the ribbon, they all coordinate so the finished product looks super “put together”. The butterfly is punched right out of the patterned paper. The only thing stamped is the sentiment which came from Humming Along which is retiring on June 3.
Here you can see the beautiful colours in the Butterfly paper. See how it coordinates also with the gingham gala paper, the pretty highland heather ribbon and the highland heather ink for the sentiment? I used my favourite ribbon trick to tie the faux bow. If you are not familiar with it, be sure to watch the YouTube video, I will include it here.
We made this card at my monthly beginner class which will be the last Wednesday of the month at 1pm and 7pm. Everyone was delighted with the cards, not only because they were pretty, but also because they were so easy to make.
The last card I want to share with you is another alternative to the Hugs from Shelli Paper Pumpkin card. This time I coloured the eggs and the leaves with Blends. I love the vintage feel of this card. Paper Pumpkin is the essence of simple stamping made beautiful. No creativity needed to make beautiful things, and in the making your own creativity will be unleashed like magic.
I added some wink of stella to the eggs and in person it looks so very pretty. This glitter brush adds just the right touch of elegance and sparkle to your creations. You should add it to your wish list!
I just had to take a picture of the card in front of my Blends storage system. I love how it looks on my desk and it is so wonderful for keeping my Blends close at hand and well organized. Remember, Blends club members get to order them with no tax and free shipping as part of the perks of being a Blends club member. Here is a closeup so you can see the pretty details and texture!
Thanks so much for joining me today, please help me out by pinning your favourite cards! That helps me out so much and it is such a small thing to do. Yay!!! My heart is happy to have you on board with me. Have a super day.
Hello stampers. I was thrilled to find two refill kits from Grown With Kindness in my paper cabinet. Now I could design a sampler that I had brewing in my head. I really love the stamp set that came in this Paper Pumpkin as well as the gorgeous paper in the kit. The paper/cardstock was meant to layer on cards but with some creativity I came up with a different plan! Here is what I made. It is a 12 x 12 sampler in a very inexpensive frame.
You could definitely use different paper for the background, I was playing with about five different ones but I settled on this one because it brings out the pool party colour in the cups. I have a neat trick for the saying on the bottom left square. Let’s take a closeup look.
I stamped the saying from Grown With Kindness in Fresh Fig and since ink takes longer to dry on vellum I was able to clear emboss to give a nice raised image that is also more intense. I sponged Tombow liquid adhesive on the back of the vellum so that it doesn’t show. Fresh fig is retiring in a few days, so if you need any cardstock or ink refills be sure to order now! Just click on the images at the end of my blog post and then you will go straight to my online store. Live in Canada and have never ordered online before? No worries, it is totally safe. Just click on Create Account on the top left of the screen. You will be prompted on what to do next. If you choose to use the host code TXE4JNCY I would be most grateful.
If you are interested in a kit, let me know. Maybe I will have time to offer this as an in person class as well. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a super day.
Hello stampers. Oh the thrill of finding a pretty vintage nest with eggs in the lower branches of a tree! This Hugs from Shelli Paper Pumpkin kit fills me with joy. I especially love the card with the vintage nest of eggs on it and the matching envelopes with the pretty little nest of eggs. I have been on a Paper Pumpkin bandwagon for the month of May because I really believe in this product and I want you to lock in the savings before the price goes up in June! So many people ask me for a kit after I get them but often the good ones are sold out. Lately there have been a lot of stellar kits and I proved to my Blends class just a while ago that you can turn what you think is a “bad” Paper Pumpkin into some very pretty cards. Let’s take a look at what I made using the leftovers of the kit.
For the card on the left I used the bird from Best Birds and coloured her with Blends. The only other thing I added was polkadot tulle ribbon. I added a mat of Balmy Blue cardstock and put it on a Very Vanilla card. For the card on the right, I ran a piece of Pool Party cardstock through the Pinewood Planks embossing folder. I cut out the label with the vintage nest from the matching envelope and tied some twine around it. So simple, so pretty.
Here you can see the detail of this pretty card. The pinewood planks embossing folder is the perfect fit with this vintage nest. I tied the twine from the kit around the pool party mat before adhering it to the card base. I adore this card because not only is it beautiful it is stunningly simple!! The best combination ever.
Do you think this card would look better if I coloured the eggs in the vintage nest and the leaves on the branches? Let me know and I will try out your ideas! Thanks so much for stopping by, and if you want to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, here is the link. I hope you have a super day. Make someone happy and send a card today.
PS. My new catalogs are here! Let me know if you want one. I will mail anywhere in Canada. Postage is around $5 but I trust that if you want me to mail you a catalog that you will also order from me and then the catalog is my gift to you. If you want it only for inspiration, then I would appreciate payment to cover the shipping.
Hello stampers. Happy Monday!! Good Things Grow was a Paper Pumpkin kit from March 2018 and I loved it so much that I ordered quite a few, enough to make samplers with it. The first one I made had a lemon lime twist background and I just made a second version with a daffodil delight background with a lace overlay. The good news is that they are available as kits!! They are only $20 each. Not sure yet on the shipping cost. I think it will be quite cheap if you provide your own background because then the package will be smaller, but I will definitely look into it.
Here is a closeup of this one. I added a gold foil acetate overlay for even more luscious texture. I have four kits with this available.
When I was at Art in the Park on Saturday selling these kits among other things I had the inspiration to add a yellow background. I decided on daffodil delight with a lace overlay. This was super easy to do by simply adding spray adhesive to the back of the lace paper.
Here is a close up so that you can see the detail from the Delightfully Detailed laser cut paper I used for the background.
The best part is that I used a Paper Pumpkin kit from March 2018 called Good Things Grow to make this sampler. The kit was a beautiful card kit, but I turned it into a sampler instead using even the envelopes which I thought were too pretty to mail!! Be sure to subscribe to this amazing monthly kit before the price goes up in June.
That’s all for today, my wrists are still terribly sore. My new keyboard tray is coming Wednesday so that will make my desk work ergonomically correct. Thanks so much for stopping by and don’t forget to get your Paper Pumpkin Subscription before the price goes up. You need to get a prepaid subscription in either 3, 6 or 12 months to lock in the low price. Here is a quick link to make it easy for you, or message me if that is easier. Let me know if you want a sampler kit and together we’ll figure out the details of shipping and payment. Some day I will have a simpler PayPal button process. That is on my to do list in the coming week(s).
Here is a sneak peek for June, just to give you an idea of what to expect.
Hello stampers. Hugs From Shelli arrived yesterday and today I got to play with it. What are Hugs From Shelli? It is the name of the latest Paper Pumpkin that Shelli designed and it is a stunner. Shelli loves all things vintage and this kit reflects that. Sumptuous velvet ribbon, pretty bronze metal birds, vellum feathers and the most gorgeous cards in four different patterns. This kit has twelve cards in it!! I am on a Paper Pumpkin kick and I am really, really promoting it right now because you can still save significant money if you get a twelve month prepaid subscription before June. Why? Because in June the price is going up $3 a month. The twelve month pre-paid is always the best deal because you not only save $1 per month, you also get a month for free AND you get host benefits of $27.50. It is a win-win. Do you want to see what the cards in the kit look like?
One thing to be careful of when making these beautiful cards is that there are three different sized labels to put on the front of the cards. I made a mistake on the “Hello Friend” card. I used the wrong size!! I didn’t feel like taking it apart but it does look better on a smaller label.
The embellishments and elements from the kit looked so pretty laying on my table that I just had to take a picture to show you. Even the envelopes are special. I decided to use my kits to make anniversary and wedding cards for my regular Coffee and a card class on Tuesday morning. I am so happy with how they turned out. If you look closely at the anniversary card you will see that our nested label framelits coordinate perfectly.
I want to show you closeups of all the cards that I made.
I made a little mistake on this next card. I used the wrong sized label. The picture also does not capture the pretty detail in the metal bird embellishment.
I just love the vellum feathers in this set. The pretty peacock velvet ribbon is so beautiful in real life, this picture does not do it justice.
This next card I had already made a month ago at OnStage in Quebec City when we were given a sneak peek at the amazing Paper Pumpkin designed by Shelli Gardner, cofounder of Stampin’Up!. I was stamping in a room full of ladies and I didn’t do it perfectly, but it is what it is, and it is still perfectly lovely.
Here are the closeups of my alternatives.
This wedding card made me think of something borrowed, something blue, so I added a blue feather and some speckling in the background. Both of those images are in the Hugs from Shelli stamp set.
Now this is the right size label for this card but I turned it into an anniversary card and layered it with a blushing bride nested label framelit. I tied a bow using the twine provided but adding some old olive linen thread as well. My reasoning here was the quote from the Bible ” a three-fold cord is not easily broken”.
This last card is a vintage for the bride card. I added some pearls and the polka dot tulle ribbon. The sentiment is from Special Celebrations. You could step it up a notch by adding another layer of cardstock behind the sentiment. I actually just got up to look at the card, but in real life it doesn’t look as stark or need that extra layer. I had so much fun playing with this set and am excited to share it at coffee and a card class on Tuesday. I know everyone is just going to love adding their own touch to the cards. Some people might not need wedding or anniversary cards. If not, they can make the originals or change them to suit their needs. Here is a picture of the stamp set. Even the tissue paper in this kit was different, a lovely vintage pink!
Thanks so much for stopping by. If you live in Canada and decide that you want to get Paper Pumpkin, then you do that by clicking here. Have a super day and a great long weekend if you are in Canada. Long live the queen!