Filled With Love ~ January Paper Pumpkin

January 2015 Paper PumpkinThis month’s paper pumpkin kit is simply adorable…well, aren’t they all? The January kit is called Filled With Love and it included all of the materials I needed to make 24 cute little treat bags which I plan on handing out to guests at some of my upcoming events. The treat bags were super simple to put together. All of the hearts and banners came pre-cut and ready for stamping which makes assembling them so quick and simple.

I also decided to save a few of the materials from the kit so that I could make a few love-themed cards as well. Here are just a few of the fun extra things you can do with the materials and stamps: january paper pumpkin extrasIf haven’t tried paper pumpkin yet, well now is a great time to do it! Because…when you order a 3-month pre-paid subscription you will qualify for a free Sale-a-bration item! How cool is that?  Get started today!

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Something Borrowed ~ Gift Set

artisan embellishments 16Whether you are planning a wedding or you will be attending one, we’ve gotcha covered with the new Something Borrowed product suite. There are some gorgeous products contained in this suite:  Designer paper, embellishments, lace trim and, of course, stamp sets. You can check out all of the these products in the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog on pages 42-43. Today I want to share a little wedding gift set that I put together with the beautiful new Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper and the lace trim.

Let’s take a look at the card first.  Start with a piece of sahara sand cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and stamp a little sentiment in the upper left hand corner using sahara sand ink. Cut a 5 1/4 x 2 inch piece of your favorite pattern from the Something Borrowed DSP collection….be sure to pull out an extra piece for your gift bag. Secure the 2 inch piece to the white cardstock. Cut a piece of the Sahara sand 7/8″ lace trim and run it across the bottom of the DSP on the card (secure the ends to the back of the white paper) and mount it to the card base. I used the flower frenzy die to cut out all of the different flower shapes for the card…the die cuts out all of the pieces, you just need to layer them together. You can use white paper to cut out the flowers or the Irresistibly Yours DSP which is free with a qualifying order during sale-a-bration. Use sahara sand cardstock for the leaves. Once you have the pieces cut out, simply layer them together and secure to the card as shown. For the finishing touches, embellish with a few pearls.

The gift bag is super simple because the framelit cuts out all of the pieces….you just need to assemble it! Check out this Stampin’ Up! tutorial on how to use the new framelit set

Once you have the treat bag assembled, you can decorate it any way you like!  For this project, I simply cut out a silver glimmer paper “for you” sentiment (with one of the framelits in the set), embellished with a few pearls and tied a beautiful lace trim bow on it.  It’s so elegant! And the best part is…it was quick and simple to put together! Enjoy!

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Mixed Bunch

mixed bunch Today I thought I would talk about the use of layers on a project. Layering can really make images “pop” on your projects. You can use layering to provide a “matte” for your images and designer paper (like I used on this particular project). I typically use a 1/4 inch matte when layering so that you see just a bit of color pop through behind the image.  You can also use layering to add splashes of color or different patterns to your project. So let’s take a closer look at this project…

Start with a piece of blackberry bliss cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of the Irresistibly yours designer series paper (DSP) which is FREE with a qualifying Sale-a-bration purchase. If you don’t have any of that paper yet, simply cut out a piece of white cardstock and emboss it with your favorite folder. Next, cut out the pieces you will need for layering. For this particular project, I used a few of the patterns from the Park Lane DSP pack. Cut the purple patterned paper to 2 x 3 3/4 inch. Cut the green leafy pattern to 2 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches. Cut a few pieces of blackberry bliss to matte out the DSP…cut one at 2 1/4 x 4 inches and the other one a 2 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches. Cut a piece of old olive cardstock at 3 x 2 3/4 inches. layer all of these pieces together as shown. Stamp one of the Mixed Bunch flower images on a piece of scrap white paper and punch it out with the coordinating flower punch. Layer all of the pieces onto the card front as shown in the pic. For the finishing touches, stamp a little sentiment on some of the scrap green DSP and add a little button with baker’s twine to the flower.  Enjoy!

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Vintage Butterfly

artisan embellishments 11This is, by far, my favorite creation this month!  A vintage style card made with the Butterfly Basics bundle and materials from the Artisan Embellishment kit. There is just something so elegant about vintage style projects and this one was super simple and fun to make! Wanna re-create it? Well here is what you need to do…

Start with a piece of blushing bride cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 3 x 4 inch piece of the Typeset Designer Series Paper (DSP) or stamp your own “paper” with the Dictionary background stamp. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of crumb cake cardstock and tear it on an angle as shown.  It’s the torn look that really accents this card. Stamp some of the vintage images from the Butterfly Basics stamp set using crumb cake ink. Punch out a decorative label from the Typeset DSP. Cut a little piece of a paper doily from the Artisan Embellishment kit. Stamp the adorable little butterfly, in blushing bride ink, on a scrap piece of very vanilla paper and cut it out with the coordinating framelit. Sponge a bit of crumb cake ink on all of these pieces:  the crumb cake cardstock, butterfly, decorative label, DSP, and paper doily. The sponging gives everything a worn or tattered look. Once all of your sponging is complete, then layer all of the pieces as shown.  Tie a bit of linen thread around the crumb cake cardstock before your secure the butterfly. Enjoy!

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You & Me

you and me valentineHappy Wednesday!  Hope you are having a wonderful week so far!  Today I have another Valentine’s project to share with you! This particular project showcases a fun new product bundle: You & Me stamp set and the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper pack. I love the product bundles in the new catalog because we receive a 15% discount when purchasing these products together! How awesome is that? So let’s take a closer look at this project…

To make this project, start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of basic black cardstock for matting the project. Find the “&” symbol from the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Pack and cut it down to 3 3/4 inches tall and then trim off the sides as close to the “&” symbol as you can. That will leave a little gap on the right side of the project for you to secure a red heart accent piece. For the finishing touches, stamp the “you & me” sentiment on a scrap piece of paper in real red ink. Cut out the “you” and “me” by hand and secure it to the card as shown. Embellish with a little silver glimmer heart. Enjoy!

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Hats off to You

guy greetings hatsHere’s another masculine project for you! And yes, I again used the Guy Greetings stamp set and Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper.  Two great products that just seem to work so well together!  For this particular project I wanted to try something a little different.  I used the hats image in the Guy Greetings stamp set to create a fun little background.

To make this project, start with a piece of very vanilla cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece of early espresso cardstock and stamp the “hats” image across the cardstock using early espresso ink. Cut a 2 1/8 x 4 inch piece of the plaid paper from the adventure bound designer series paper pack and secure it to the lower half of the card.  I was careful not to cover up the hats! Next, cut out a piece of very vanilla cardstock using the apothecary accent framelit shape (as shown in the pic). I trimmed off the right half of the accent so that it was straight. Stamp the hats image onto this piece using the stamp off technique and cajun craze ink. The stamp off technique involves inking up your stamp, stamping it on a scrap piece of paper and then, without re-inking it, stamping it onto your project. Then simply stamp the sentiments over the top of the hats using early espresso ink.  For the finishing touch, embellish it with a little button and linen thread. Enjoy!

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Best Year Ever

SAB projectSale-a-bration is in full swing and I am having a blast with the new products! Too fun!  Today I want to share a little project I put together with the free Sale-a-bration paper, stamps and buttons.  You can choose a free Sale-a-bration with every $50 purchase.  If you are not familiar with the Sale-a-bration promotion, I would encourage you to check out my Sale-a-bration page.

To make this project, start with a piece of whisper white cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 4 x 4 inch piece of the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper. You can use any of the 12 different designs that come in this pack of paper…I just chose the tulips for this project. You will also cut a 1 x 4 inch piece of a more subtle pattern, this will serve as a little accent piece and a place for the buttons. Secure the designer papers as shown in the picture (you will overlap the 1 x 4 inch piece a bit). Stamp a fun little sentiment on the bottom of the card using calypso coral ink. For the finishing touches, simply add a few colored buttons from the free Sale-a-bration accessory pack. Enjoy!

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