Beautiful Autumn Leaves with Paper Pumpkin

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:


Gold foil leaves, bold but intricate maple leaf stamp, wow!!


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:


The gold foil leaves are self-adhesive. They are the same size as the thinlets in Colourful Season bundle.


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?


September Paper Pumpkin combined with Happiest of Days and Timeless Textures for a great joy-fold card


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:


Joy-fold card using September Paper Pumpkin


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.


September Paper Pumpkin combined with Colorful Seasons


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.


Paper Pumpkin coordinates for October and November!


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.


Emboss resist technique with Paper Pumpkin Layered Leaves


Here is a close-up of those gorgeous sequins from last year’s Paper Pumpkin, Season of Gratitude.


Season of Gratitude Paper Pumpkin October 2016 sequins


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.







Retiform Technique

Hello stampers. When is the last time you really played with your stamps? This retiform technique is a great one for encouraging just that. Retiform means “netlike”. The Webster dictionary says:

Definition of retiform. : composed of crossing lines and interstices : reticular netlike; specifically : being the connective tissue cells of the framework of the lymphatic glands.

Well, we are not interested in the lymphatic glands, but the crossing lines and all the other fun stuff involved with this technique is truly addictive. Here is what you need to have on hand to do this technique. Two coordinating colours of ink, a lighter shade and a darker one. A sponge. Sticky notes of varying sizes. The five inch by three inch is ideal and then the smaller square ones are great too. Rather than describing the technique in writing, it is much easier to simply watch the video, so I will post that at the end. In the meantime, check out the various cards that I have made. I was originally inspired by a video I saw on Pinterest by Randi Collins. Here is the link to her video.



I used three different Christmas sets to make this card: Night in Bethlehem,Hearts come Home and Musical Season.



For this card I used early espresso for the stamping and soft suede for the sponging. I used the stamp sets Night in Bethlehem, Hearts Come Home and Musical Season. I accidentally stamped the one drummer boy in soft suede, but it still looks good I think. For the next card I used the exact same stamp sets but switched it up a bit. No two cards are alike, and that is the fun part.



Early espresso and soft suede combine for a monochromatic Christmas card.


This one is different mainly because of the straight segment at the top of the card. Do you think this adds to the card or takes away from it? The next two cards use the stamp sets So Many Shells and High Tide and the colours marina mist for sponging and dapper denim for stamping.


This great retiform technique card uses High Tide and So Many Shells from Stampin'Up.


The next card is done by my customer and friend Heather Adams. She left a bigger white line between segments and I really like that look as well.


Bolder segments with a bigger white space between them make this retiform technique card really pop.


The last card has a bit of a twist in that it uses a pop of colour. I used the stamp sets Painted Harvest and Vintage Leaves. Colours are soft suede, early espresso, crushed curry and cajun craze.


Vintage Leaves and Painted Harvest are used to make this retiform card with a pop of colour.


This last card was made by my team member Aileen Boersma. She made it for her grandson using No Bones About It.


Great retiform card for a kid's birthday


So there you have it! A great new technique called “retiform” which sounds more complicated than it really is. Just mask off sections with sticky notes, sponge and stamp till you fill up your card front. Watch the video for full details and then get down and dirty and make some of your own. I would love to hear how you make out with it. If you need any supplies and you live in Canada, please use the host code on the side bar when you place your order and I will pop a card in the mail to you as a thank you. Are you a true addict? Then save yourself a bunch of money and join my team by getting the starter kit, it really is the best deal in the entire catalog. Click here to do that, or message me if you have any questions.



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