Come to Gather

Hello stampers. It was quite a stamping and teaching frenzy before I left for Holland last week so I didn’t have a chance to blog about my alternative cards using Come to Gather from last week’s Facebook live. I was actually quite pleased with how they turned out so I would love to share them with you. It seems that every week something crazy happens during my weekly Facebook live, so maybe you should check it out. For the next three weeks they will be on Tuesday morning 9am EST or 3pm European summer time. I would love for you to come to gather with me during these Facebook live events. We have so much fun together!


Come to Gather designer series paper


When the paper is this gorgeous it is easy to create beautiful cards. My original card was a swap card that I had received and was not allowed to share just yet, so I changed it up and made this one instead. I really like the white ghost pumpkins so I used Harvest Hellos to stamp one on shimmery white cardstock and one on the Come to Gather designer series paper.The sentiment is from a Paper Pumpkin stamp set and is stamped in Pretty Peacock.


Harvest Hellos and Come to Gather


There is a sheet of paper in the Come to Gather collection that reminds me of the printing books we had when I was in grade one, so I made a school inspired card with it.This was actually cased from a swap card that I received earlier in the month.


September Paper Pumpkin


I love how you can make two totally different cards with the same set of paper. One is vintage and the other is clean and fresh.This last one uses the September Paper Pumpkin stamp set for the saying. Where you see the leaf at the bottom? That was an embellishment opportunity as I had smudged some ink there! It looks even better now. Embrace the imperfections!


More than Cards


This gorgeous framed art piece was made by Lisa Lange, one of the display artists at the Holiday Hoopla event I spoke at in Illinois the weekend before I left for Holland. One of the things you will need to create this beauty is the Hand-lettered Prose dies. I am not sure about the size of the frame but I am guessing either 5 x 7 or 8 x 10. Isn’t the Come to Gather paper just spectacular?



The Purpose


If you have never put ink to paper then you are in for a very pleasant surprise. You will truly be amazed at the creativity that this simple act unleashes.With creativity comes joy, and joy begs to be shared. I would love to help you start on this journey of discovery. Please comment below and we will connect! I post videos on my Facebook page which you can find here. I also share a bit on YouTube. If you want to follow me there, just click here. If you click on subscribe then you will never miss another video!


The purpose of making cards is double. You get the joy and satisfaction out of making something special with your own two hands. Someone else will then get the pleasure of receiving what you have made.I am a firm believer that every card makes the world a better place, as long as you take the time to send it.


Thank You


Thanks so much for joining me today. I really do get a lot of joy from seeing you come on over and reading my blog. You are noticed and appreciated! This is just another place to come to gather!


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I hope you have a wonderful day. I am coming down with the first cold I have had in over a year, so I am going to take some more oil of oregano and am going to go for a walk along the sea with Gerard.



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Apples and Pumpkins

Hello stampers! What do apples and pumpkins have in common? Well, besides both being harvested in the fall, they both fit into the same punch and that makes this stamp set and this punch so versatile. The stamp set is called Harvest Hellos and the punch is called the Apple Builder punch. I will be using this stamp set at coffee and a card class next week and also during the Facebook live on Tuesday night at 7pm EST. The apples and pumpkins are perfect for all your fall card making and scrapbooking.


The Cards



Some of these cards were swap cards and I no longer have the information so that I can give proper credit. The ones at the top are both my creations but one is clearly a rendition of the swap card at the bottom right. Isn’t it fun how the punch can be used beautifully with both apples and pumpkins?



I loved making this card and used a variety of different stamps to do so. The background uses Come to Gather designer series paper. I used copper foil paper for the mat and the one pumpkin. The paper behind the pumpkins is made from whisper white and the Birch background stamp using Gray Granite ink. The Thanksgiving wishes is from A Wish for Everything bundle and the grass is from the Wiggle Worm dies. I ran the copper pumpkin through the Subtle embossing folder. The other pumpkin was stamped in Cajun Craze on shimmery white cardstock and coloured with an aqua painter using pumpkin pie ink.


The Tips


My number one tip is how to save cardstock when using the apple builder punch. When you want only the apple or the pumpkin and not the leaf and the stem you simply cut a strip of cardstock that is 1 7/8″ wide. That gives you enough room to have the stamped and punched image with no waste and no messy extra pieces falling everywhere.


Tip number two is to stamp the pumpkin on shimmery white cardstock in a darker colour and then when you watercolour with an aqua painter in a lighter colour you get a nice blend of colours for a rich effect.


The punch when used as a pumpkin is really pretty when you do it in a foil paper and then add texture by running it through the Subtle embossing folder.


The striped paper in the Come to Gather designer series paper is reminiscent of the old school paper used for printing lessons so it pairs really well with the apple.


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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.







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