Fighting Alzheimer’s


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Hello stampers! I want to fight Alzheimer’s and dementia with card making. I know that may sound optimistic but studies have shown that stimulating the brain with new activities and keeping active is helpful to elderly people. My parents are 87 and 92 and are still in remarkably good health but whenever I come to visit I hear rumblings of “Mom is starting to lose it” or “Pap is slipping”. While I am not seeing many signs of this, it is still scary to contemplate. I am committed to taking a Paper Pumpkin with me each time and making cards with Mom. Pap has joined in yet, but maybe next time I will ask him too. Mom did fine following instructions and she quickly showed me that she liked adding her own twist to things.


The Challenge


I am sharing this so that you will also be inspired to do this with elderly people in your life. Their world shrinks and they love to have something meaningful and new to do. My mom right away said that she was going to send one of the cards to her handicapped sister in Holland. I then encouraged her to give another one of the cards to her church friend who is actually in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Next time I cam going to pick up this friend so that they can make cards together. Paper Pumpkin makes this so easy. No prep required, all the fun stuff is in the box. Who will you do this with? Together we can fight Alzheimer’s in a fun and meaningful way.


Your Stories


Please share your stories with me and send pictures of you and your people making cards. I am passionate about making the world better one card at a time. Here is a picture of me and my mom.



Here is the creative mess on Mom’s kitchen table.



It really is heartwarming how much my Mom loved making these cards. She felt so accomplished and full of purpose. It was a nice change from her regular routine and it also allowed us to bond. Most of the cards are going to the Chatham-Kent Hospice where they have an “anniversary program” and they send out cards for the first anniversary of the loved ones death. Most people are having the most difficult time then in their loss process and are often feeling alone and forgotten, so these cards really make a difference.


Here is the link to the short video I did showing the cards close up.


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I will finish this post by letting you know that you can now also choose to follow me on Bloglovin’. There is a link at the top of this post. Thanks to Nancy Newcombe for telling me about this. I had noticed that some of my readers are coming to me from Bloglovin’ but I had no idea how that actually worked, so I looked into it and claimed my blog. Apparently this is a site where you can organize all your favourite blogs to make your life easier. I hoped I helped you with this a bit! Always learning new things and hopefully this will delay my demise as well.


Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you have a super day. If you order online I have heard that there have been some glitches, so please let me know if you are having any difficulties so that I can contact Stampin’Up! about it.


The Gift of Fall

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.



The Cards


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?


Online Clubs


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!



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On My Mind

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 love the font style of this saying "On My Mind". Paper Pumpkin has great stamps.


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?


Slightly altered Paper Pumpkin card using a base of Pretty Peacock


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?


These Paper Pumpkin cards coordinate with products from our annual catalog making them even more versatile.


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!

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Simple Stamping

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.


Butterfly punch and label punch make this simple card even easier to make. It is also great to have coordinating products from Stampin'Up that take the guesswork out of designing.


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.


Beautiful butterfly paper from Stampin'Up coordinates with our butterfly punch.


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.

Very vintage Paper Pumpkin alternative using Hugs from Shelli, May 2019


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!


Vintage card with Blends Storage new from Stampin'Up!


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!


#itsinthedetails with this simple stamping vintage card using the May Paper Pumpkin


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.


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Humming Along Cling Bundle


Everyday Label Punch


Butterfly Duet Punch


Tag Topper Scalloped Punch


Gorgeous Grape 1/4" (6.4 Mm) Mini Striped Ribbon


5/8" (1.6 Cm) Burlap Ribbon


Gingham Gala 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper


Very Vanilla 8-1/2" X 11" Thick Cardstock


Highland Heather 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock


z 12-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription


6-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription


3-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription


Granny Apple Green 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock


Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack


Balmy Blue Stampin' Blends Combo Pack


Old Olive Linen Thread


Linen Thread


Grown with Kindness Sampler

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.


Good Things Grow Paper Pumpkin February 2019 used in a 12 x 12 sampler. Kits available!


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.


The saying from Good Things Grow is stamped on vellum and clear embossed.


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.


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Vintage Nest with Eggs

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.


Hugs From Shelli May 2019 Paper Pumpkin alternatives. Subscribe before the price goes up in June!


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.


such a simple pretty card made from a piece of the envelope in the Paper Pumpkin Kit


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.


Best Birds combines with May 2019 Paper Pumpkin for a beautiful alternative.


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.


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