Monday, April 17, 2017

Manly Happy Birthday

Happy Monday!

With less than 2 months to go with the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  I thought I'd share some projects made using products in the catalog.

Here is a card using 2 products from this catalog:
The Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (143231) and Window Shopping Stamp Set (143265 Clear Mount).

The card base is cut 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" and scored at 3".

I cut a 4" x 2 3/4" piece from the Silver Foil paper (132178), inserted it into the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (143231) and ran it through the Big Shot using this sandwich: Multipurpose platform (no tabs). the folder (with paper), hinge side first, then a cutting plate (only 1 cutting plate).  This is important because this folder is a bit thicker than the regular folders.

Once the foil was embossed, I took my Versamark pad and pressed it all over the shiny side of the foil.  I randomly sprinkled gold embossing powder and silver embossing powder over the service leaving some space without powder.  I used the heat tool to melt the powder.  Once cool, I sponged the surface with Basic Black Archival Ink and used the heat tool to help it dry.

I cut one piece of Whisper White card stock 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" and another piece 5 1/4" x 4" for the inside of the card.

To make the screw heads, I pressed a new pencil eraser into the Versamark pad, 'stamped' on all for corners of both pieces of Whisper White card stock, sprinkled silver embossing powder and then scratched a line through the powder and then embossed with the heat tool.  

Using the Basic Black Archival ink, I stamped "Happy Birthday" on the smaller piece of Whisper White and "Make a Wish" on the larger pieces. 

I adhered all the pieces together using SNAIL and finished the card.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

Happy Crafting!


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Monday, April 10, 2017

Guess what Stampin' Up! posted today!!!

The RETIRING LIST!!  Click here to see what's going...going....etc!  As always, these products are WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

I will be submitting orders through out April and May but if there is something you want, contact me so I can get your order submitted or you can submit it yourself but try your best not to put it off or it may be gone!

Remember, the 2015/2017 In Colors are retiring so if you need an ink refill, lets get it ordered, supplies of them seem to go fast!

Happy Viewing!


Sunday, April 9, 2017

In Color Birthdays

Welcome stampers and lovers of paper crafting!!  

This is the April 2017 Blog Hop.  The theme for this month is "Retiring 2015/2017 In Colors!"

I've been holding on to these Whisper White Note Cards (131527) for some time now and wasn't sure what to do with them.  I thought they'd be a great birthday card to attach to gift bags and packages since they are a bit smaller than the standard size birthday card.

Balloon Adventures Photopolymer Stamp Set (142823)

Whisper  White (100730)
Cucumber Crush (138335)
Delightful Dijon (138338)
Mint Macaron (138337)
Tip Top Taupe (138336)
Watermelon Wonder (138334)

Cucumber Crush (138324)
Delightful Dijon (138327)
Mint Macaron (138326)
Tip Top Taupe (138325)
Watermelon Wonder (138323)

Balloon Bouquet Punch (140609)
SNAIL (104332)
Assorted Clear Blocks

I hope you enjoyed my simple project, thanks for stopping by!


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Happy FOURTH Birthday Paper Pumpkin

In March of 2013, Stampin' Up! launched a fun new craft kit subscription service called Paper Pumpkin.  I was present for the announcement at the 2013 Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida.

I'm proud to say that I have EVERY one of the EXCLUSIVE stamp sets that were included in these kits.  Each month, a fully designed project kit arrives at your door with everything cut and ready to assemble.  Included in each kit is an exclusive stamp set, ink, paper, etc.  Projects include cards, scrapbooks, home decor, and other fun projects.

This project kit is designed especially for:

  • anyone crafty
  • anyone not crafty
  • anyone you know who's crafty
  • anyone you know who would like to be crafty
  • bored kids
  • college students
  • grandchildren
  • nieces and nephews
  • crafters who don't have a lot of storage space
  • crafters who don't want to buy a lot of extras
  • etc.
Check out this short video that describes more details:

To subscribe, click here and follow the directions to get your subscription started.  Your first kit will include a clear block that you would use to mount the photopolymer (clear) stamps.

Here's the bonus!!!!

If you subscribe by APRIL 10  you will receive an extra special kit designed by Stampin' Up!s CEO, Sara Douglass.  And if that wasn't enough, there will be a FREE gift include as well!!

Here is another brief video with some additional information:

All subscribers will be given access to my private VIP Paper Pumpkin Facebook page where I will alternative projects using the stamps, ink, and supplies in each kit.

As a subscriber, you will have access to order refill kits as they become available too!

Here are some pictures from the most recent kit:

Here are all the items included with this kit.

Here are 2 finished projects:

Here are a few alternative projects using the kit contents plus additional supplies:

Here's a close up of a treat container using a test tube from the September 2016 kit.

Remember, you have until Monday, April 10th to subscribe to get the "It's a Sara Thing" project kit AND free gift.  Browse around the Paper Pumpkin website to see previous kits and other information. You can skip a month or cancel at anytime.

Please let me know if  you have any more questions.  I'll be happy to answer them!

Happy Crafting, 


Friday, December 2, 2016

DSP Wreath

Happy December!

I had this idea floating around in my head and finally decided to try it out.  I like the look of those wreaths where you cut the fabulous Designer Series Paper (DSP) from Stampin' Up! into strips and then curl it.  Once it's all curled, you use straight pins and attach each curl to a Styrofoam wreath form.  Frankly, I'd get bored halfway through the process, I've seen people make them!!!

So, I figured I'd try something a little different.  I began with a 12" x 12" stretched canvas from Walmart.  I located the center and laid the roll of Tear & Tape down and drew a circle on the inside of the tape.  I drew another circle using an 8 3/4" plate and two additional circles inside that.

I drew this example on a piece of 12" x 12" whisper white card stock since I used the only canvas I had to make the prototype.

I hope you can see the lines The diameter of the center circle is 3 1/2", the next is 4", the next is 6", and the last is 8 3/4."   

In order to see what I did next, I used some retired Sticky Tape since the redline would show up better.  I penciled in a dotted line about 3/4" inside the largest circle and placed the tape along that line, the whole way around.

I selected 3 full sheets of DSP and cut them into strips 3" x 12" then into strips 1/2"x 3."  You won't need to cut it all.  I cut each long strip and then cut as I needed.

Beginning on the outside, I placed the edge of the DSP strip halfway on the bottom edge of the tape and continued the whole way around.

Once that circle was completed, I bent the unstuck edge and placed that edge along the top half of the tape.

When that outer row was completed, I placed the tape on the next pencil line and repeated the process until I was finished with all 4 rows.

I cut a  circle from whisper white card stock using the largest circle framelit from the Stitched Shapes framelits.  You can decorate that anyway you like.  I cut two pieces from the same Presents & Pinecones DSP using the large die from the Swirly framelits, stamped the Tis the Season in Emerald Envy and tied a small bow of Cherry Cobbler and White Bakers twine.  I placed five dimensionals on the back and stuck it to the center of the wreath.

And this is what I ended up with!

Feel free to ask questions!

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, November 20, 2016

November RemARKable Blog Tour

Welcome to this month's RemARKable Blog Tour.  If you haven't already guessed, this month it's all about CHRISTMAS!

I am a hoarder collector of items that can be reused and/or re-purposed.  For vegetable cans, I use one of those can openers that cuts the side of the lid so there's no sharp edges.  As you can imagine, I have quite a supply of lids so I decided to use one to create an ornament.  I was afraid just using paper, the ornament could be damaged easier so the lid would make it less fragile.

I began by cutting two disks using the largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies.

To create the back piece, I wiped the one circle with the Embossing Buddy and stamped the "Tidings of Comfort and Joy" in Versamark and then embossed it with Gold embossing powder and set it aside.

To make a hanger, I cut a short piece of 1/8" Gold ribbon and attached it to the flat side of the lid with glue dots.  I attached the back piece over the hanger using Tear & Tape.

To create the front piece, I cut the "pine" pieces from Garden Green card stock, the "berry" pieces from Cherry Cobbler card stock, and the "pine cones" from Early Espresso and Soft Suede card stock.

I attached the pieces to the second Whisper White circle with the Fine-tip Glue Pen.  From the Peaceful Pines stamp set, I stamped "Tis the Season" in Early Espresso.  I added a bow made from the 1/8" Gold ribbon to the top of the pine cones using a glue dot.

Because there is an indented side and a flat side to the lid, I used dimensionals to fill in the space to attach the front piece and attached the finished front piece to the lid.

I hope you enjoyed my project.  Please proceed to Tracie's blog to see what she has created!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anne Matasci:
Heather Mathieson Blog:
 Janet Wakeland:


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