Good Things Grow Sampler

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.

 

Good Things Grow Paper Pumpkin kit turned into a framed art sampler

 

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.

 

Good Things Grow closeup with gold accented window sheet overlay. Only four kits available for this one.

 

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.

 

Good Things Grow sampler with delightfully detailed laser cut paper background

 

Here is a close up so that you can see the detail from the Delightfully Detailed laser cut paper I used for the background.

 

Paper Pumpkin is a fantastic monthly kit that you can use in so many ways. This was a card kit that I turned into a framed sampler. Subscribe now before the price goes up in June.

 

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.

 

Hugs From Shelli

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?

 

Cards from the Hugs from Shelli May Paper Pumpkin

 

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.

 

Here you can see all the pretty embellishments that came with the Hugs from Shelli Paper Pumpkin kit

 

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.

 

Hugs From Shelli Paper Pumpkin Kit for May 2019

 

I want to show you closeups of all the cards that I made.

 

Beautiful colour coordination in Hugs from Shelli kit

 

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.

 

A little mistake on this Hugs from Shelli card

 

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.

 

Birds and feathers from Hugs From Shelli

 

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.

 

The original Hugs from Shelli card

 

Here are the closeups of my alternatives.

 

Hugs from Shelli wedding

 

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.

 

Hugs from Shelli anniversary

 

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”.

 

Hugs from Shelli vintage for the bride

 

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!

 

The beautiful stamp set included in the May 2019 Paper Pumpkin, Hugs from Shelli

 

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!

 


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Paper Pumpkin Revisited

Hello stampers. Yesterday I had two sympathy card classes and the base for these was Paper Pumpkin. I wanted to show the versatility of Paper Pumpkin. At the end of the class I unpacked my least favourite Paper Pumpkin of the year. It had been moldering in my basement for six months!! I wanted to show that you could still use a Paper Pumpkin that you really disliked and then totally change your mind by using it in a different way. Why am I telling you this? It is because I think Paper Pumpkin is awesome and the price is going up in June by three dollars per month so I am encouraging everyone to sign up now for a 12 month prepaid subscription. If you do that you get one month for free based on what you would pay if you were just paying month by month. You also get $27.50 in host credits which you can use not only on our beautiful, exclusive host sets but on any product in the catalogue or on the clearance rack. We are going to revisit Paper Pumpkin!

 

Instead of a calendar I made a birthday card circling the date of the person's birthday

 

The original Paper Pumpkin kit was for a 24 month calendar in a cute box. Now some people might find something like this super cute and useful but I wasn’t of that mindset. I do however love the saying in the stamp set “Every day is a fresh start” so I thought it would be perfect for a birthday, for the start of a new job, graduation or even after some life-changing event. The ribbon in the kit is sumptuous, so that was another bonus. This kit also came with two ink spots, grapefruit grove and pool party. Let’s take a look at the kit.

 

Day by Day Paper Pumpkin

 

Do you see the stamp set? Lots of geometric shapes. That is not my forté. Some people look at stamps like this and see all kinds of possibilities, but for me it is more of a challenge. What is a girl to do? Well, ink up those stamps and start playing on some grid paper and see what happens. I was really pleased with how my card turned out and it totally changed my mind about the kit. There were also ten cute gift tags in the kit which would have been very handy in December!

 

Day by Day kit, side by side

 

Here are my two cards side by side. You could also do a pool party card base to give yourself another alternative. These were literally a five minute card, only because I had to run some cardstock through the Big Shot with the stitched rectangle framelits. I think it is a great idea to get a personalized card with the significant date circled. The circle is also one of the stamps in the kit. You could use the sturdy box to hold your extra cards that you could give away as a thoughtful gift. I am so happy that I rescued this kit from my basement and turned into fun cards.

 

Why would I want to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin? I have a room full of stamps! I will tell you a story. You probably know that I really like to cook and bake, but sometimes it is still a real treat to order takeout and have some delicious food dropped off at my house. Paper Pumpkin is a monthly crafting surprise of instant gratification. No fuss, no muss, everything included! It is also nice that it is a surprise. I have found that it can be a lot fun to not look at the kit right away. The stamp set is always sitting on top of the kit so I take that out right away and play with it. If you run stuck for ideas there is a great online community for Paper Pumpkin on Facebook but also on Pinterest. Remember, Google is your friend. Paper Pumpkin is also compact and portable, so you can take it with you anywhere and surprise and delight your friends and family members with a great rainy day activity or to help you get through a lengthy wait in a doctor’s office or other waiting room. You can also skip a month whenever you want so that is a great feature that most craft box subscriptions do not offer. Crafting together is a great way to spend meaningful time with your children or aging parents. Creativity is therapeutic!

 

If you live in Canada, I would love for you to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin through me. Here is the link, or click on the image below.

 

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Paper Pumpkin for Hospice

Hello stampers. You have heard me talk a lot about Paper Pumpkin. One of the many things I love about Paper Pumpkin is that it makes it easy for me to help charities like Hospice. Our Chatham-Kent Hospice has a beautiful program where they send a handmade card on the one year anniversary of the death of a loved one. This is such a thoughtful thing to do and when I heard about it I knew it was the right fit for me. What a great way to use my business to bless others. Studies have shown that the one year mark in grieving is a tough one. Most people have forgotten your loss and moved on, so it can be very touching to receive a card on that anniversary. Paper Pumpkin is different every month but every once in a while it is perfect for my Hospice cards. That means I can make beautiful cards with my team of volunteers with very little prep time involved. It is also wonderful for the volunteers because the cards are easy and beautiful. Here are some of the cards we made today.

 

Paper Pumpkin is a great monthly kit in the mail that makes it easy to create for your charities

 

All the sentiments that we used came from different Paper Pumpkin kits. Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription that comes in the mail and includes a stamp set, a mini ink pad and all the supplies you need to make great cards. All you need is a tape runner. Glue dots and dimensionals are included as well. Paper Pumpkin is going up in price in June, so if you want to lock in the savings you would be wise to get a 12 month prepaid subscription. This will not only save you $3 per month (when the price goes up) it also gives you a free month as well as $27.50 in host benefits. You can skip a month at any time with no penalty and you can activate your subscription whenever you like. Don’t you think it would be a wonderful Mother’s Day gift?

 

great details in Paper Pumpkin cards

 

See all the details in this card? Everything was included in the kit. Lovely colour coordination and such great textures too.

 

The "hugs" is from next month's Paper Pumpkin designed by Shelli Gardner.

 

Do you see the sentiment on this card? It is from next month’s Paper Pumpkin! How on earth did I get my hands on that so early? It was my prize at OnStage in Quebec City where one of our make and takes was a Paper Pumpkin card from the May kit designed by Shelli herself. You are not going to want to miss out on this beautiful Paper Pumpkin kit.

 

Grey Granite Sentimental Rose from Paper Pumpkin

 

After I took the picture of this third card I realized it would be fun to daub a little daffodil delight in the centre of this grey granite rose. It really did look great, so I took another picture to show you. I just changed this card up a little from the original in the kit. I centred the middle panel and added some baker’s twine. So simple and so pretty.

 

Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin with a touch of yellow

 

Don’t you think these cards will be perfect for Hospice? I love the soft spring colours, just like a bit of sunshine after a long dark winter. I thought you might like a glimpse of my table as I was prepping for the Hospice card making class. I pre-stamped the sentiments to make it easier and faster to get more cards finished.

 

Getting ready for Hospice card making

 

I took one more picture to show you a little trick of mine. Whenever you are trying to adhere something to a surface that is not smooth such as ribbon or corrugated paper or glimmer paper it is a good idea to have your dimensionals on a smooth surface, not on the other stuff. Take a look:

 

clever placement of dimensionals

 

Do you see how I placed the dimensionals above the corrugated banner? That way the sentiment will not only be offset, it will also be on firm footing and not fall off in a few days. I hope you enjoyed these cards and that you were also inspired to either come and help out with making cards for Hospice or starting some kind of community service in your area. Share what you love and spread joy with your hobby or your business. Together we can make the world a better place. Have a super day and thanks for dropping by.

 


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Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin

Hello stampers! This month’s Paper Pumpkin was promised to feature a DistINKtive stamp set and it sure does:  a beautiful rose and leaf stamp with lots of great sayings. I didn’t even make the cards that came in the kit, I just opened up my set and inked it up and started playing knowing that I was creating cards for my Tuesday coffee and a card class and also knowing that one of the people wanting to come loves vintage. I would consider these Sentimental Rose cards to be fresh vintage. The Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin is sure to please. Did you know that next month we already have a sneak peek from OnStage? It is also a vintage set that was designed by Shelli Gardner herself. You are going to want this one for sure. You can just get a one month Paper Pumpkin subscription if you don’t want to subscribe. Let’s take a look and see what I made.

 

Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin alternative cards: a fabulous DIstINKtive set

 

The first card I made was the middle one, using Flirty Flamingo and Pear Pizzazz. I also used the Country Floral embossing folder and the Delicate Lace edgelits. The lemon lime twist ombre ribbon is a nice touch and I think for the next cards I made I will do the leaves in that colour to have it all coordinate. I was in a card-making frenzy and didn’t really notice the discrepancy until I looked at my own photo of the cards!!! Crazy squirrel.

 

Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin goes vintage

 

When making a vintage style card it is all about the layers and the details. Vintage doesn’t have to mean earthy. You could up the vintage meter by sponging your edges as well. I like this fresh vintage look. Remember, the lemon lime twist colour is retiring so get it before it’s gone!

 

Night of navy Sentimental Rose stamped repeatedly as a collage background.

 

Oh, how I love navy and white and once again this combination doesn’t disappoint. I used night of navy cardstock, navy gingham ribbon, the country floral embossing folder and stitched label framelits. Now don’t go out and get your eyes checked, I do think this photo is just a smidge out of focus. Time is of the essence so no time for a redo, I know you will forgive me!!

 

For this card I just used the leaf stamp from Sentimental Rose Paper Pumpkin

 

The last card I made uses only the leaf stamp and the congratulations sentiment for a more masculine card. Now whenever I label a card to be masculine does not mean that it would not also be perfect for a woman. Sometimes I wonder why we even bother categorizing a card. Guys like flowers too right? And women like cars, boats, trains, sports….

 

I really enjoyed inking up this Paper Pumpkin set from April. If you want the May one be sure to subscribe by May 10 at the absolute latest. Shelli Gardner has designed this vintage beauty, even the box is gorgeous.

 

May Paper Pumpkin by Shelli Gardner

 

Here is a video with Shelli introducing the kit:

 

 

I hope you enjoyed my alternative samples to this month’s Paper Pumpkin. If you want to see more Paper Pumpkin videos be sure to check out the Paper Pumpkin YouTube channel here. We will be making these cards at coffee and a card class on Tuesday. Let me know if you can come. Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a very blessed Easter weekend.

 


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Paper Pumpkin Blissful Blooms

Hello stampers. Do you like to treat yourself once in a while? I know I do. Sometimes it is a lovely bunch of tulips or a fun magazine or takeout sushi. You all know that I stamp and make cards as my business. Not many days go by without ink on my fingers. And yet who would think that I would want to treat myself to more stamps, ink and paper! Well….meet Paper Pumpkin!

 

You would be surprised that I very much look forward to getting my Paper Pumpkin every month. Do you know why? It is called “instant gratification”. Inside that little red box is a surprise. There is a stamp set, an ink spot (mini ink pad) and whatever paper and embellishments I need to make a stack of cards. Once in a while it might be some other paper crafting option. A mini calendar, treat bags or a framed art piece. I don’t have to think, I don’t have to decide, I just follow the instructions and create.

 

Paper Pumpkin Blissful Blooms is a beautiful kit with lovely cards, embellishments and stamps. I have created a class for you to introduce you to the beauty and simplicity of Paper Pumpkin. There will also be door prizes and great food. There is no need to be a Paper Pumpkin subscriber to come to the class and there will be no pressure to become one either. It is just a fun class that shines the spotlight on this wonderful product. The benefit of me telling you this now is that if you do choose to get a three month prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription before March 31, then you will also qualify for a free saleabration item. How wonderful is that?  Let’s take a look at what I did with Paper Pumpkin Blissful Blooms.

 

Blissful Blooms Paper Pumpkin

 

I love the vivid colours of the flowers but mostly I love this sentiment. What a wonderful thing to say on a sympathy card. We want to acknowledge the pain and the loss but also celebrate the good memories and the love that was shared. The sentiment was stamped in Blackberry Bliss. The pink twine and the vellum leaves as well as the beautiful embossed label are all included in the Paper Pumpkin kit.

 

Altered version of Blissful Blooms Paper Pumpkin

 

For this card I took one of the cards in the Blissful Blooms Paper Pumpkin kit and I cut it in half. Then I again cut the card front in half and made an old olive and a blackberry bliss mat to make it stand out. I popped this panel up with dimensionals. Once again the label and the vellum leaves are part of the kit.

 

Rectangle framelits with Blissful Blooms Paper Pumpkin kit

 

I love the stitched rectangle framelits. I once again cut a card in half and used the card front to make two cards. I did this by using the rectangle stitched framelits. This is the inside of the rectangle piece. I mounted it on a piece of pineapple punch cardstock embossed with the Country Floral embossing folder. This beautiful folder is only available as a free item with a $60 purchase until March 31.

 

The other stitched rectangle from Blissful Blooms Paper Pumpkin

 

If you look closely at this card you will see that this is the larger stitched rectangle piece that I cut for the previous card. I layered it on an old olive card and then I used the back of the card that I had cut off to make this focal point. Both the sentiment and the flower stamp are part of the Blissful Blooms stamp set in this Paper Pumpkin. See the vellum leaf and the pretty pink metallic twine? Yup, all from the kit.

 

The other half of the card front in Blissful Blooms Paper Pumpkin kit

 

This is the last card for the class and it used the other half of the card front that I had cut in half for the second card I showed you. This part had more pink in it so I layered it with melon mambo and old olive for a brighter look. Just the right card to cheer someone up!

 

Blissful Blooms Paper Pumpkin stamp set

 

My Blissful Blooms Paper Pumpkin party will be on Wednesday April 10 at 1pm or 7pm. Class is $20 and you will make five cards. You will also get a door prize ticket and if you bring someone new, you will get an extra door prize ticket. You could win this stamp set or a different Paper Pumpkin kit. If I have extras left over I will offer them as classes by mail. Prepayment is required now for all my classes except Tuesday coffee and a card. E-transfer is preferred to [email protected]

 

Remember that saleabration ends in just ten days!! Message me if you have any questions. As always I appreciate you so much. Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. If you are interested in subscribing to Paper Pumpkin, here is the link. Click on the images below if you want to purchase a prepaid subscription and please do use the host code as that really helps me to keep class costs down. I will happily send you a card to thank you for taking this extra step. The current host code can be found in the sidebar of each blog post. I hope you have a super day.

 


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