Fun With the December Paper Pumpkin Kit!

Aloha, all!

     Today some of my friends and customers got together for a Stampin' Up! session to make the fabulous calendar that was the project in the December 2015 My Paper Pumpkin kit. What a lot of fun and laughs we had going through all 12 months of designs in the kit.

     Back when I first received my December kit, I knew right away that I had some peeps who would LOVE this project. Just on a whim, I looked online to see if, perhaps – just perhaps – Stampin' Up! might put the kit refills on sale earlier than usual because the kit was a bit on the time sensitive side. And wow, there it was – the kit refills had JUST gone on sale! I briefly thought about getting in touch with people to see if they were interested. But something told me to get these refills while the getting was good, and I ordered them up. Good thing because they sold out within hours!

     And today we got to enjoy them – and they were as fun as the project looked in the Paper Pumpkin video!


     Here are two of my favorite ladies who paused while we were in the process of putting the kits together, and below is Lucy showing off all her finished calendars.


     Before we started we all watched the Paper Pumpkin video – a quick run through of all the projects in the kit. Then we all worked on one design at a time, giving and taking advice from us all as we went on. Most of the time, I like the peace and quiet of doing Paper Pumpkin projects at home – just some nice, stress-free crafting! But I know I would not have had as much fun with this project doing it by myself as I had with the company jazzing up our time.


     Here is the finished calendar set, put together and now displayed in my craft room, though it's going to end up in our living room for its 12-month home. Even the stand came with the kit, and the background papers are a cardstock weight, so they'll stay standing up even in our humid East Hawaii climate. If you look at the details, everything you see came with the kit, including the gold thread, the flowers and the frame in which January and two other months are stamped.  Just lots of fun.

     In case you're not aware, the Stampin' Up! Paper Pumkin kits are getting better and better each month! For just $19.95, I get all the papers, embellishments, stamps, ink and adhesive that I need for each month's project. In your first Paper Pumpkin kit, you get an acrylic block to hold the stamps as you use them. The only thing that we used that didn't come in the kit was a pair of scissors that we needed to cut strands of gold thread and gold Baker's Twine. I did add a piece of grid paper for everyone to use in my craft room, and a pencil so we could write notes.  But other than that, the kit is complete!

     For the best part about Paper Pumpkin this month and through March, check out my blog post tomorrow! Yep, there's a special going on!


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Posted on : Jan 11 2016
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A Last-Minute Christmas Card, Paper Pumpkin Style!

Aloha, all!

     Here I am, less than a week before Christmas and I still don't have my Christmas cards sent out. The list is done, and we've started on writing a short recap of our last two years (no Christmas cards last year as we were spending our time being worried about lava flowing near our home!). And I was sure that I had plenty of cards made. But sure enough, as I get towards the end of the mailing preparations, I find myself with not enough cards. How can that be????! But the good news for me was that I'd never gotten around to making the cards in the November 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit as the last thing I needed right now (or so I thought) was more Christmas cards. Hooray for Paper Pumpkin!


     If you have this kit, you'll recognize right away that I didn't quite make the card as designed. I just felt that the two white square layers that made up the greeting element on this card was just too close in color value to the card base provided. So I "stole" the Cherry Cobbler layer from the materials for the other card in the kit and put it behind the greeting element.

     Everything was cut out and ready for me just to choose which greeting to stamp and off I went. I now have enough cards!

     I wasn't going to post this card on the blog because, as busy as I've been, I haven't been posting too much – just not enough time!  But my summer online Stampin' Up! group, VC Rocks, is having a small blog hop this week, so it was easy to photograph the project and now I'm in the hop!  Just click here to see some more projects! This link will take you to the blog hop for quite some time to come as we don't get back into too much posting until next May.

     Check out some of our other posts, too!  You might want to join us next summer. No requirements except that you love to use Stampin' Up! products – and they don't even have to be current!

     Now off to get that letter finished and stamps put on envelopes. Merry Christmas to all!

Posted on : Dec 20 2015
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Quick and Easy Book Club Gift!

Aloha, all!

     While members of the (very large) Book Club to which I belong don't usually exchange gifts, I decided this year that I'd spend some of my paper crafting time making holiday bookmarks for everyone in the group. A bookmark is definitely not expensive, especially when I've got everything I need to make them already in my craft room supply stash.

Bookmark Cover2     This is a 3-layer bookmark, which gives it enough thickness to use for quite a while without it getting too messed up with all the handling it should get. The back layer is plain Very Vanilla Cardstock and the middle layer is a piece of one of the sheets from the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper set from the Stampin' Up! 2015 Holiday Catalog. Cutting and adhering them together was just as simple as can be.

     The stamped layer took a bit more work, but still it was pretty easy to construct. For the images, I chose two of the stamps from the November 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit. I wanted that layer to be fully stamped, so out came my MISTI tool. It's not a Stampin' Up! tool, but it's readily available online and makes stamping like this SOOOO easy! For the red in this design I used the Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Spot that came with the Paper Pumpkin kit, and both my Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Markers. The holly leaves are line art, and I filled them in by using a Stampin' Up! Blender Pen inked up from my Stampin' Up! Garden Green Classic Ink Pad.

     Finally, to give the bookmark some texture, I punched the corners using the Curvy Corner Trio Punch.

     As I said, this is a very large book club, and we usually have 16 to 20 people attending each meeting. So if I am to make, say, 25 of these bookmarks, I'll likely have to use different Deisgner Series Paper – or even card stock – as my middle layer. But that's not really a problem as I manage to have a good stash of holiday papers that will be nice accents for the stamped layer.

     The final touch for the bookmarks are the vinyl covers that I'll use to package the little gifts. That way I can put them all in a basket and those who want one of the bookmarks won't end up with one that's been picked over and messed up by lots of hands, no matter how late they are in picking one out. I tied bows to hold the top of the cover together, using pieces of the Garden Green 1/8" Striped Ribbon and the Gold Cording Trim, both from the Holiday Catalog.

     I think this is a nice little gift for my Book Club – and it won't take too much time to get them all made by the December meeting a week from tomorrow. Yikes! 7 days to make these! Better get a few more started!

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Posted on : Dec 10 2015
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Happy Halloween!

Aloha, al!

     Well, this is it! The "scariest" day of the year, when witches and ghosts and goblins roam the land!  Ooooh, and it's a Saturday night, so I'll bet there are lots of parties going on tonight, too. The one I wish I didn't have to miss is my niece's party in Maryland. I just cannot believe what she goes through to make her house just the perfect venue for the perfect Halloween party every year. I got to go once, and can hardly wait to do it again!

     But it's also the last chance for me to show off a 2015 Halloween card. And once again I've added in some stamps from the September 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit.


     Isn't this Jack-o-Lantern face from the Sparkly Seasons Stamp Set just the cutest!  I don't like things that are scary for Halloween. I LOVE fun for this fun holiday, and this happy guy (gal?) certainly looks like he's having fun.

     The colors through this card are Pumpkin Pie and Garden Green, with a touch of Basic Black Archival Ink. The striped paper is from the Brights Designer Series Paper Stack. I stamped the circle and the jack-o-lantern face on a piece of the striped paper and then trimmed it by hand. I also trimmed the two leaves from the September 2015 Paper Pumpkin stamp set. Then I stamped the globe base onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock, with Happy Halloween from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set. I stamped the stem and leaf after I'd adhered the globe, and colored them in – oooh, I forgot that little bit of Soft Suede that I used to color the stem.

     Finally, I added a bit of Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Cotton Ribbon tied in a bow, and then layered everything up onto the card base.

     You know what's scariest about tonight? Oooh, it's the end of Daylight Savings Time! So all of you on the U. S. mainland – except Arizona and a teensy bit of Indiana – be sure to "fall back" one hour before you turn in after a night of Halloween fun.  Actually, it's not that scary when you realize that you get an extra hour's sleep after the partying!


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Posted on : Oct 31 2015
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A Halloween CASEd Card!

Aloha, all!

P1080328     As I was looking for some Halloween card ideas last week, I came across a card on Pinterest that I really wanted to CASE. Unfortunately, Stampin' Up! no longer offers square or scalloped square punches, nor have I kept any of those that have retired. If I'd seen this card a few years back, I could have had some comparable paper as well as the punches!  But not now. Nonetheless, I really liked this card. So off I went into my craft room to see what I could do.


     Circles!  I could use circles instead of squares!  And so I did, with stamps from the September 2015 My Paper Pumpkin Stamp Set, the 1-3/4" Circle Punch and the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch.

     I knew right away that this was not going to be a standard sized card that would fit into an A2 Envelope (Stampin' Up!'s "Medium" sized envelope). I'm also running out of envelope paper. But once I started laying things out on my work table, I realized that this could be a card that would fit perfectly into a #10 Envelope. And so it does!

     I added some Candy Dots to embellish the card front a bit, and of course the Spider Web Doilies were the perfect accent for the corners.

     This year's Stampin' Up! Halloween Paper – Happy Haunting – only has two colors. Sigh some green and purple would have been nice. But once I started going through all the sheets in the set (yes, I still have some left!) I realized that my card would look just fine with just the two colors.

     So I have that idea out of my head and onto paper!  Now to finish showing off my Halloween cards in the next day or so – Halloween's only a couple of days away!  I hope you're having some fun with Halloween this year, too!


Posted on : Oct 29 2015
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More Fun With My Paper Pumpkin Stamps!

Aloha, all!

     In my last post, I introduced two of the stamps from the set that came with the September 2015 My Paper Pumpkin monthly kit. I just love this stamp set as it has lots of fun little stamps that I can use in so many different ways!

     I actually wasn't going to use the set again quite yet as I had a customer ask me to make some Halloween cards for her two young (3- and 5-year old) grandchildren, and I was thinking of larger stamps than were in that set. But then I got the idea to use the cute little frog from the You're Sublime Stamp Set, and out came the witch hat from the My Paper Pumpkin set – it fit that little frog perfectly!


     Oh, and wouldn't the frog just love the creepy critters on that piece of paper from the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper set that I also used last time. I think adding the word, "Spooky," which is a die from the Season Frames Thinlits Dies set, was just such a fun addition for a 5-year old boy.

     When it came to coloring froggie, I decided to use an alcohol marker because I think they make a much cleaner layer of color than water-based markers. So I went to my collection of alcohol markers and chose the Chartreuse marker from my Copic collection. Isn't that the perfect color for such a silly frog! Back to my Stampin' Up! Tangelo Twist Stampin' Write Marker to fill in the spots. Green and orange – perfect!  And the Tangelo Twist color goes well with the Tangelo Twist DSP sheet from the same DSP set as the top layer sheet.

     I had so much fun with this card!  I'll share the 3-year old's card next. It's a completely different look – but it would have to be for a 3-year old!


Posted on : Oct 23 2015
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Quick Fun with my May Paper Pumpkin Kit!

Aloha, all!

     While I was off doing other things for heaven knows how long (too long!), I suspended my Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin subscription.  So easy to do – but easy to forget to reinstate it when I was back and had the time finally to play with it!

     But now I'm back in the groove and yesterday my May 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit arrived.  I was between projects, so I opened it up right away.  Ooooh, what fun I had with the card makings that came in it!


     This is the card somewhat as it was designed to be made as part of the kit.  I say, "somewhat," because I just HAD to add a bit more color and texture to the design.  The good news was that I had a birthday card that needed to be sent out, so I used the fun Happy Birthday stamp that came with the Paper Pumpkin kit, as well as the ink that came with it and the strip that I used as a horizontal accent for the card.

     The mat for the greeting circle was not in the kit.  For this, I picked what I thought was one of the colors in the kit – Tangerine Tango – and cut a mat just slightly larger that the circle using the Starburst Framelit Set.  I think now that the color in the stripe on the card front may be Calypso Coral. But whatever it is, I love the look!

     Then I did what I frequently do with my Paper Pumpkin kits, and find another stamp set or paper or embellishment to do something a bit different.  This time it was the fun new stamp set, Just Kidding. And once I got started with that, I almost couldn't stop.


     For the two cards in this grouping, I used the first part of a two-part sentiment, "To Stamp or Not to Stamp" on the front.  Then inside I stamped the second part, "That is not even a question."  As a stamper, I LOVE it!  I colored in the ladies of leisure a bit differently, and had a blast doing it!

Happy 29th

     For this card, not pictured above, I used my second favorite two-part sentiment, with "Happy 29th Birthday" on the front.  Inside is part two, "From your 110 pound friend."  I think you have to be a woman of a certain age to really get a good laugh out of this!

     A quick note on how I made this all fit on the circle.  The stamps in this set are Photopolymer stamps.  So, when I put long, thin images on the blocks to ink them up and stamp them, I can manipulate them a bit.  For these cards, I turned them a bit so they'd fit on the circles that came with the Paper Pumpkin kit.  They don't necessarily stay put on the acrylic blocks for long – but I pressed them down as firmly as I could and didn't wait long to ink them up and stamp them.  Worked beautifully!

     No, these are not artistic renderings.  But they were fun to make and I know my friends who will get them will really enjoy them! Paper Pumpkin says that it is made for the new and inexperienced card maker. But I have to tell you that, as experienced as I am, it is still a blast to get these projects and have so much fun making them – every month!


     Stampin' Up! has a current special, through the end of June 2015, where you get the first two months of your Paper Pumpkin subscription at 50% off.  Now that is a deal.  Unfortunately, I cannot take advantage of it because I'm already a subscriber – it's only for NEW subscribers.  All you have to do is to go to, order a subscription, and use the code, SAVE50, to claim your savings.  Be sure to tell them I'm your demonstrator so I get credit for this!

Retired Product Alert

Oh that fun Framelits set, Starburst, is going to retire come June 2nd. The good news is that, as of today, that set is still available for sale!  I have to tell you that it's perfect for mats such as those I showed in these fun projects.  If you have any questions about this set or anything about the Stampin' Up! retired products, just let me know.  I'd love to help you get whatever it is that you want from this list!


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Posted on : May 19 2015
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