Stitched Shapes Framelits are coming to Stampin’ Up! November 1, 2016

STITCHED SHAPES FRAMELITS

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Stitched dies are right on trend and Stampin’ Up! is officially launching an early release of their version November 1, 2016.

Now YOU have the opportunity to purchase Stitched Shapes Framelits ahead of their official release in the 2017-2018 annual catalog!  So, they will be around for some time.  Yippee!

In addition, Stampin’ Up! has gone through the current sets in both the holiday and annual catalogs and chose some stamp sets which they felt would fit and highlight these stamps nicely and marked these coordinating stamps sets  25% off for November 2016.

How exciting!

And there’s more great news…although the 25% off stamps sets ends November 30, you will still be able to get the Stitched Shapes Framelits after that date. 

Look at these samples using just a few of the framelits in this set.  It sure gives an added design element without a lot of fuss.

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Purchasing Details:

 Stitched Shapes Framelits are available beginning November 1, 2016 & will be in the next Annual Catalog!
November 1-30, 2016: select stamp sets 25% off
 Promotion Deadline (25% off select stamp sets):
         • Phone: November 30, 2016, by 6:50 PM (MT)
• Online: November 30, 2016, by 11:50 PM (MT)

ITEM DESCRIPTION RETAIL PRICE SALE PRICE
145372 Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies-Set Of 12 Dies Which Includes Four Circles, Ovals, And Squares $30.00 No Discount
142069 Greetings From Santa Wood-Mount Stamp Set (Holiday Catalog P.11) $27.00 $20.25
143269 Greetings From Santa Clear-Mount Stamp Set (Holiday Catalog P. 11) $19.00 $14.25
142114 Hang Your Stocking Photopolymer Stamp Set (Holiday Catalog P. 15) $21.00 $15.75
142049 Christmas Pines Photopolymer Stamp Set (Holiday Catalog P. 19) $35.00 $26.25
142142 Merry Mice Wood-Mount Stamp Set (Holiday Catalog P.23) $23.00 $17.25
142145 Merry Mice Clear-Mount Stamp Set (Holiday Catalog P. 23) $17.00 $12.75
142180 Tin Of Tags Photopolymer Stamp Set (Holiday Catalog P. 33) $21.00 $15.75
142206 Suite Season Wood-Mount Stamp Set (Holiday Catalog P. 43) $28.00 $21.00
142209 Suite Season Clear-Mount Stamp Set (Holiday Catalog P. 43) $20.00 $15.00
140386 Oh, What Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set (Annual Catalog P. 31) $21.00 $15.75
141859 Baby Bear Photopolymer Stamp Set (Annual Catalog P. 61) $26.00 $19.50
141784 Blooms & Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set (Annual Catalog P. 139) $21.00 $15.75

 

 Are you as excited as I am to see these stitched dies come to Stampin’ Up! a little earlier than they planned?
Plus, with a 25% discount, I’m thrilled I may finally add Merry Mice & Baby Bear to my stamp collection.
Until next time…
-Joanne

How to make a Cookie Cutter Bear Punch art character in Costume

This bear wearing a pumpkin costume is a perfect adornment for a Halloween card or scrapbook page.

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The bear is made with the Cookie Cutter & Owl builder Punches with a Jack-o-lantern costume made from the Jar of Haunts stamp set.  The hat is made with the Fox builder punch.

Instructions:

  • Stamp a Jack-o-lantern from the Jar of Haunts stamp set & fussy cut after stamping.
  • Punch 2 Soft Suede Cookie Cutter bodies.
  • Cut arms off of both bodies- you will use these as ears & arms over the pumpkin.
  • Cut 1 body just above legs (he needs to be longer because of the pumpkin)
  • Attach to underside of your jack-o-lantern so that his feet stick out and his head and neck show at top.
  • Attach arms over pumpkin and trim to follow the pumpkin.
  • Punch a shirt and medium circles in Tip Top Taupe from the Owl builder punch.
  • Trim the shirt to form an oval which will form the bear muzzle.  Attach.
  • Draw smile on muzzle using the fine tip end of a black marker.
  • Attach Medium circles to other set of Soft Suede arms for ears and attach to underside of the head.
  • Punch an Emerald Envy bow from the Cookie Cutter builder punch-the sample is stamped using the matching bow stamp and Soft Suede ink.
  • Punch Whisper White circles from the Cookie Cutter builder punch for the eyes.
  • Punch Basic Black circles from the Owl builder punch for the eyes.
  • Attach black eyes to white and attach to the bear head.
  • Punch a Cherry Cobbler heart from the Cookie Cutter builder punch for the nose.  Attach.
  • The witch hat is made from the Fox builder punch.

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You can check out full instructions for the hat in a previous post by clicking HERE.

I used this cute little guy & another without the pumpkin face on this color blocked scrapbook layout:

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More details on color blocked scrapbook layouts will be provided this week with a single page November layout which matches this one. The November layout instructions include details on some new punch art as well.

All of the products I used to create the items above can be bought thru my Stampin’ Up! storefront by clicking here.

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Until next time…

-Joanne

 

October Paper Pumpkin is in the House!

My October Paper Pumpkin arrived almost a week ago and I’ve had just a short time to give it some attention.  I made a few shaker cards as per the instructions and then decided to give a double page scrapbook layout a go.

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They even included a really cute envelope this time.  Although, you really have to be careful putting the card in as it is a VERY snug fit, but it does get in there and will require extra postage in the U.S.A. due to the thickness.

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I apologize for the horrible photos of these scrapbook pages.  It is storming here and I absolutely could not get good or consistent lighting as I took these photos at two different times.  They really are on the same background DSP- a Delightful Dijon pattern from the Moroccan collection. It is just one of the 8 DSP collections available this month (October 2016) as a BUY 3, Get 1 FREE deal.  This particular paper matches so beautifully with the pieces from this month’s Paper Pumpkin and is the ONLY thing added to this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit other than adhesive to make these pages.

This double page 12″x12″ layout consists of:

  • Letters “FALL” formed from the leftover paper after punching out the colorful squares for the listed project.
  • A photo frame area made with a full opened card, additional PP scraps, banner, and twine added from the PP kit.
  • A card front as PP directions state, but with extra card base trimmed away.  Twine and banner (to later write in date and photo details) was attached.
  • Square leaf shakers were also made from positive & negative pieces after  punching out die cuts and trimming down the window sheets.
  • Envelopes were used to form a journal tag: 3.25″x4.25″ and a photo mat: 3.75″x5.5″
  • Sequins & leaves were scattered throughout

It is always fun to see what alternative projects I can come up with after first completing a few projects as intended.

I can’t wait to see next month’s kit.  I’m hoping for some cute winter or holiday cards. I got an email today stating November’s Paper Pumpkin is coming in a “special edition” box.  Hmm… I wonder what that means?

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

 

 

Swirly Scribbles Black Cat

Have you seen the many Swirly Scribbles ideas floating around the internet?

Today, I have a quick post to show yet another idea with this versatile set of Stampin’ Up! thinlets dies- A black cat.  Just in time for Halloween AND National Cat Day in the U.S.A. -October 29th.

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This card uses the Swirly Scribbles thinlets dies for the body and tail of the cat.  I cut the barbs from the smaller circle to form the head and the tail piece was a ‘negative’ of that smaller circle also, leftover when cutting.  The ears were hand cut triangles.

A little bling was added to the Swirly Scribbles flower and Wonderful  Wreath framelits bow.

The Designer series paper is from the Pop of Pink collection. and is cut to 3.5″x5.5″ and matted onto basic black then offset onto a Pumpkin Pie card base.

The sentiment “Happy” from the Banners for You set was stamped and embossed in white onto a 1/2″x 1.75″ banner.

It is a simple card which any cat lover should enjoy; made easy by the some of the many dies available thru Stampin’ Up!

Want to check out other Stampin’ Up! products?   Click HERE.

Have fun crafting.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Watermelon Wonder meets Peekaboo Peach Scrapbook Layout

Today I have a nice cheerful scrapbook layout to share using Stampin’ Up! Fruit Stand designer series paper, In-Color card stocks: Peekaboo Peach & Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo ink and the emboss resist technique with Versamark and White embossing Powder.

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Petite Petals & Flower Shop stamp sets & their matching punches were used to create the fantastic flower images. Punches are a very quick way to make multiples as I did in this layout. You truly won’t mind that you are making so many.

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The flowers were stamped onto Peekaboo Peach & Watermelon Wonder card stock with Versamark ink and then sprinkled with white embossing powder and heated before punching out. After the punched images were created, I used a dauber with Flirty Flamingo ink to the centers and edges of the flowers.  The embossed area resists the dauber ink and provides additional highlights and depth to the flowers without the ink covering the white stamped area-thus the “resist”.

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I also used this emboss resist technique on the journal tag “always” strip.  The word from this and the title which follows is from the Sunshine Wishes Stampset.

As you can see, I’ve already gone ahead and made lines with a Watermelon Wonder marker at 1/2″ spacing in order to write a few words with the Project Life black pen.  The words I selected highlight things which make my girls my sunshine.  I believe including my own writing is necessary for future memories. Even if I don’t like my own writing now, someone will cherish it some day.

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The Title was stamped with Watermelon Wonder ink onto Whisper White card stock and easily layered onto a Watermelon Wonder Scalloped oval both die cut from the Layering Ovals Framelits.

Most traditional 12″x12″ scrapbookers I know are always behind in getting their pictures into Layouts.  Sadly, I am very behind.  Hopefully by blogging and making layouts to share, I will slowly catch up.  I’ve challenged myself  to post a layout a week.  So, if you wish to follow along, you can do so. Perhaps you’ll catch up too, if you are behind.  I’d love to hear if these layouts are helping you scrap your memories.  So, please share in the comments.

To make things easy to recreate this or a similar layout, here are the cut instructions:

  • You need 1)  12″x12″ Sheet DSP for background of page.  All other colors should match this patterned paper.  I chose this pattern from the Fruit Stand DSP collection and used the coordinating card stock pack to match.  So easy that way!
  • Watermelon Wonder: 7.5″x7.5″, 3.25″x4.25″ for Oval die cut, 1.25″x2″ for journal card header, and approximately 1/3 sheet for stamped/punched flowers
  • Peekaboo Peach: 2) 3.25″x4.25″ photo mats, 1) 4.25″x6.25″ photo mat, 1/2″x2″ strip for journal header, & approximately 1/2 sheet for stamped/punched flowers
  • Whisper White: 1) 3.25″x4.25″ for Oval title, 2.25″x4 7/8″ for journal area.

If you like different colors, it is easy to create this layout and change up the colors by selecting different patterned paper and matching card stock.  I thought these colors really highlighted the idea of sunshine.

Remember this is the time to stock up on DSP.  The Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper I used in the layout above is part of the October 2016 Buy 3, Get 1 deal.  Stock up now!

Until next time…

-Joanne

How to make guilt free Candy Apples

It is Autumn, which means it is time to make things with apples!

Apple pie, apple sauce, apple butter, apple crisp, apple dumplings, apple cider, & candy apples. Here in Pennsylvania it is that time of year when making things with apples is at its peak. Biglerville, PA even holds the National Apple Harvest Festival and is finishing its two weekend run this weekend. While I haven’t been there for years, I have many fond memories from this festival from my childhood. At the festival you could make your way thru a multitude of stalls with apple-centric crafts and eat your way thru the experience with any of the above (and then some) apple-y treats. As a young girl I would never leave the festival without some type of candied apple on a stick. Yum! For this reason, I decided to make the following card to send to a family member who would get a good laugh at the memories conjured up by this autumn greeting.

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The best part is that these apples can be enjoyed without the guilt of the calories that comes with the real thing.  Although, I think pairing these with a homemade apple treat might be nice, don’t you?

If you’d like to make this card, or just the punch art apples, read on for the details.

Instructions:

  • The Card Layers include a Soft Suede card stock (CS) base, Early Espresso layer and Early Espresso striped DSP layer (from the Neutrals DSP Stack).
  • Since chocolate drizzle seemed the most appealing, I went with Early Espresso Ink to stamp the image from Jar of Haunts onto a 1 3/4” punch circle in both Cherry Cobbler & Pear Pizzazz card stock.
  • Then I used the same color to color in the stamped image.
  • The circle was then also punched using the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch’s largest circle(s) which is located close to the punch edge and allow for the 1 3/4” punched circle to be inserted so that a portion can be punched to form the ‘bump’ you may find on each apple.
  • A 2”x5/8” strip of Crumb Cake CS was inserted into the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch leg in order to get the rounded Popsicle stick look.
  • The 1/2” x 4” Soft Suede inked & embossed Brick Wall strip was made by inking the embossing folder before running thru the Big Shot machine.
  • Layered oval framelits with “sweet treats” sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set were stamped in Early Espresso Ink.
  • Whisper White Twine bows were added on each stick.
  • To finish it off, I added a glossy look to the chocolate drizzle by adding glue from the Fine Tip Glue Pen to the entire chocolate drizzle area.

*Note: These will need to dry for about 24hrs, so make sure you have the space to leave them untouched for the glue to dry and take on that shiny appearance.

I set my stamp pad down on my first green apple while the glue was still sticky and didn’t notice it right away.  Once discovered, I was able to clean the glue off the ink pad, but I had to remake the apple. I got a good laugh since this triggered a memory of a time I was eating a candy apple and it slipped off the stick after only a few bites, creating a similar sticky situation & subsequent cleaning.  Isn’t it interesting how things can  bring back memories?   I hope this card brings back some good, and fun times for the recipient.

I hope you have a go at making some of these no-calorie, guilt free candy apples.

If you need any of the wonderful Stampin’ Up! products to make this or any other item, I’d love to be your demonstrator. You can shop with me by clicking HERE. Any order before October, 28, 2016 using hostess code: Q6HTERV3 will include a handmade card sample (my choice) sent directly from me as a thank you.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Autumn Scrapbook Layout with Wondrous Wreath

The beauty of Autumn has arrived to my area of the world and this year I am determined to photograph some of the sites from my own wooded acre of the world.

In order to get myself to take more photos of the trees & other things around my property in the Autumn months, I decided to start by creating a scrapbook layout. I am more apt to get the photos developed if I already know the sizes to print and the layout on which I will use them.

First I needed a color scheme for the layout.  For that I turned to this photo which I took yesterday:

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After a bit of a struggle on which green I would use, I decided to use Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black, Whisper White, and Soft Suede to work with this photo. I also wanted some colors that would add a bit more color to the page. So, I also added Calypso Coral and Rich Razzleberry when I stamped the Wondrous Wreath images.

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In case you want to recreate this layout, I’ll save you the time figuring out details.

The cutting measurements:

Left:

  • Basic Black CS: 2.25″x 12″ & 1″x 2.25″(cut banner into end)
  • Whisper White CS: 6.75″x 9.25″ – Plus enough for the wreath
  • Pear Pizzazz CS: 0.75″x 2.25″ (cut banner into end), 2 Photo Mats 4.25″x 6.25″
  • Soft Suede CS: 0.5″ x 1.5″ (cut banner into end)
  • Pop of Pink DSP from the 2016-2017 Annual catalog- Print= white with black plus signs: 12″ x 12″

Right:

  • Basic Black CS: 12″x 12″
  • Whisper White CS: 8.5″ x 11″ – Plus enough for 2 wreaths -1 wreath cut to form partial sections
  • Pear Pizzazz CS: 8.5″ x 2.5″
  • Soft Suede CS: 2 Photo Mats 4.25″x 6.25″
  • Pop of Pink DSP- white with black plus signs: 2″ x 12″ & 1″ x 12″

I’ll be taking more photos over the next few weeks & add to those I took yesterday to complete this layout.  Acorns, leaves, trees, and who knows what else.  I usually capture the wild animals grazing or crossing through my land, but  I forget to take pictures of the things I see routinely around my property. Some day I believe I may want to see photos of these every day or every Autumn things too.

Are you photographing special events more than your routine experiences?

Don’t forget to capture some every day events or things in your scrapbooks for variety.  Life isn’t just special events.  It is also making every day things into cherished memories.

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Cookie Cutter Christmas Teddy Bear

Do you or a family member have a beloved teddy bear?

I had a very dear teddy bear that I buckled into the seat of my first car on the way to my first day at college 4+hrs from home back in 1988.  He was a very fluffy and cuddly teddy bear that I often used as a pillow because he was that soft and large. He had to be washed often so that any allergens were controlled.  After thirty years he could no longer hold up to frequent allergy control laundering and I had to say goodbye.  He will always be missed.

This teddy bear from the Cookie Cutter Christmas Bundle really reminds me of my old bear.

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I was pleased when I stamped the image & achieved the fluffy, furry look my old teddy bear displayed in his great life. This effect occurred because I did not condition the stamp (usually done with an eraser) and I used a very inky Crumb Cake ink pad (which can cause pooling on bold or solid image stamps-especially photopolymer).  It is the exact look I wanted for this bear.

If you want a clear solid image, condition your stamp and do not use an over-inked pad.  If you want this furry bear look and have already conditioned your stamp and your ink pad moisture content is perfect, try inking your stamp and lightly tapping a cotton ball direct to the inked image before stamping.  It takes practice, but can give a nice furry texture to solid image stamps.

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Did you know that here in the USA we have a National Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work/School Day? It is celebrated annually on the second Wednesday of October.  This year that is Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

I have a 7 year-old shih-tzu who would happily drag her teddy bear by the ear to work or school if she had to to go to either of those places, but perhaps you & those you know are not so bold to take your favorite cuddly friend to work or school on this day.  Poor thing might pick up germs or get lost after all.

How else can we celebrate this day?  By sending a teddy bear card tucked away in a child or other loved one’s bag, purse, briefcase or lunch sac.  It might just be the thing that brightens their day.

So, if you have this bundle or another teddy bear stamp in your stash, why not create a cute card and celebrate this holiday?!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Wondrous Wreath meets Punch Art

When I purchased the Wondrous Wreath stamp set & matching dies from the 2014 holiday catalog, I knew I would be using it year round.  I’m glad it stuck around and made it into two Annual catalogs (so far) so that others could find the beauty of this set.

With the addition of some cute punch art and sentiments in die cut banners,  I believe the resulting cards are totally adorable!

The first is this jack-o-lantern wearing a punch art witch hat:

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Isn’t that card quite a treat?!

Did you figure out the witch’s hat was made from the Fox Builder Punch?   If you read on, I”ll give you instructions.

But first, check out another card with a cute punch art crow in a similar card design using the Wondrous Wreath set.

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Crows are kind of a quirky little bird; a bit of a nuisance, but fun to watch this time of year when most of the prettier summer birds have already begun their migration to warmer climates.  Maybe not so funny if they are chomping on your pumpkins or jack-o-lanterns though.

The focal point of these cards is the punch art hat & crow adorning the Jar of Haunts Jack-o-lantern nesting in the Wondrous Wreath.

The punch art creations are very simply made with some of  the fabulous Stampin’ Up! punches.  Punches are by far one of my favorite things, after stamps, in the Stampin’ Up! product line.  So easy to use and versatile too.

The pieces:

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The Instructions:

The hat:

  •  Using the Fox Builder Punch & Basic Black CS, punch the entire body portion only and trim away white areas as shown in photo of pieces above.
  • Using the Fox Builder Punch & Basic Black CS, insert CS into the body portion so that only the bottom strip of the body punches out, giving you the black strip.  Repeat this to give you 2 Basic Black CS punched strips, and 1 Pumpkin Pie punched strip
  • Adhere Pumpkin Pie CS strip directly over the same area on your body punch which you’ve punched and trimmed to form the pointed hat top
  • Adhere Basic Black punch strips, one at a time slightly below Pumpkin Pie CS strip so that a portion of the orange shows AND an overhang creating the hat brim occurs.  The second black strip will overlap the first.
  • Attach this hat to the jack-o-lantern (OR any other critter or character to dress them for Halloween!)

The Crow:

It is made with the Fox Builder Punch, Owl Builder Punch, and Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.

  • Using Basic Black CS, punch the body from the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch and trim away white areas as shown in photo.
  • Using Basic Black CS & the Fox Builder Punch,  punch 2 tail ends (no need to punch entire tail, just insert enough CS to cut tips of tail closest to punch edge) You will trim these later to follow curve of the pumpkin.
  • Using Basic Black CS & the Fox Builder Punch, punch 1  swooshy-thing (see photo) for feathers coming out top of crow’s head. Adhere to top underside of head punch.
  • Using Crushed Curry CS (other yellows work too) and Fox Builder Punch, punch the mask and trim to form beak.  Adhere to head (make sure you are adhering to front side-the “feather” is coming out top of underside/back.
  • Using Whisper White CS, Punch the small circles from the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch for the eyes.
  • Using Basic Black CS, punch the smallest circles from the Owl Builder Punch for the eyes.
  • Adhere the Basic Black eye circles to the Whisper White eye circles
  • Adhere the assembled eyes to the head -they are best spaced within the beak width and just slightly above.
  • Attach Crow body to Pumpkin & wings as shown in final card.  You will trim wings to follow the edge of pumpkin so that it appears he is peeking out from behind it.

**TIP** This crow is meant to be hidden behind something, if you choose to hide him behind something other than this pumpkin, you may need to adjust how large his wings are and how they are trimmed to fit the piece.  (Try having him pop out of Jars or behind banners, holding signs, or peeking over fences or photos on a scrapbook page.

Instructions for the remainder of the card:

  • The card base is Basic Black CS 8.5″x5.5″ scored in 1/2 @ 4.25″ and folded
  • The 1st layer is Pumpkin Pie CS 4″x5.25″
  • The Hardwood Background stamped Layer is Crumb Cake CS stamped in Soft Suede Ink 3.75″x5″
  • The Wondrous Wreath is stamped in White Craft Ink onto Basic Black CS and Embossed with White Embossing Powder & heat gun. It is cut out using the matching dies.
  • The Sentiments are from Teeny Tiny Wishes & Banners For You stamped onto Pumpkin Pie CS using Stazon Jet Black Ink and die cut using Bunch of Banners Framelits (which is also available bundled with the Banners for you stamps)
  • The Jar of Haunts jack-o-lantern face was stamped onto Pumpkin Pie CS using Stazon Jet Black Ink, the pumpkin was stamped using Calypso Coral Ink.  The pumpkin was fussy cut using SU! snips (scissors).
  • The Banner sentiment & jack-o-lantern/punch art are popped up using dimensionals

I hope you’ve enjoyed these cards featuring the Wondrous Wreath set & my punch art designs. While I hope you find many other uses for my punch art,  I spent a lot of time creating my designs.  So, please remember to be kind and credit me if you are using these and sharing with others.  Check out my Terms of Use Page.

As always, should you wish to purchase some of these great Stampin’ Up! products, I’d be honored if you’d choose me as your demonstrator. I’m only a few sales away from my next title promotion.  You can shop with me as your demonstrator HERE.  If you place your order by October 28, 2016 AND enter this month’s Hostess code Q6HTERV3 on your online order form, I’ll send a replica of one of the two cards (my choice) you’ve seen above as a personal thank you.

Thanks for visiting.

Until next time…

-Joanne

Paper Pumpkin Special Deal & September’s Kit

Have you heard of the monthly subscription program Stampin’ Up! has called Paper Pumpkin?

Subscribers get a box each month they subscribe which includes a project kit including stamps, paper, ink, and usually some embellishments. (Scroll down to see some cute samples from the September 2016 Paper Pumpkin) This kit provides an easy way to be creative with stamps.  Even when you are all done making the projects in the kit you always have a photopolymer stamp set and ink to keep creating on your own.  Often you have leftover other supplies too.

If you have considered signing up for Paper Pumpkin, but have never subscribed,  now is a great time to take that leap. New subscribers are in for a special deal now thru October 10, 2016.  Buy One Month, Get One Free!

What a great time to try it out for yourself.

Or…Perhaps, as a new subscriber you wish to get these two months & store them away for Christmas presents. Getting 2 for 1 is quite a deal!

 

So, have you decided to take the plunge and get TWO months for the price of ONE? Double check that you selected Joanne Hodge as your demonstrator and I’ll even send you a card in the mail for joining Paper Pumpkin. That will be twice in October you get something other than bills in your mailbox and once in November. How fun is that?!

Still not sure? Check out the FAQ & Details Here.

Some Cute September 2016 Paper Pumpkin Samples

In Case you just stopped by to see some cute Paper Pumpkin projects, I’ve got that. Or do you just want to see what you might be able to make with a kit?

September’s Paper Pumpkin was just fabulous for mini treats and gifts to give to people for Halloween. There were 16 test tubes included in September’s box. I completed 5 of the test tube projects by stamping and assembling exactly as shown in the directions, then adding 10 jelly beans to each tube before adding the cork stopper.  How cute are these finished projects?  I just think they are adorable & easy gifts. If you made them all you’d have 16.  I chose to keep some of the test tubes for alternate gifts because I don’t get a lot of trick-or-treaters.  su-paper-pumpkin-sept-2016-test-tubes

As if the test tube projects weren’t enough, I decided to take some of the extra materials I had left and created mini matchbook candy holders.

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Even if I made all 16 test tube projects for Halloween, I would have had leftovers.  I love that there are always extras to play with!

I created my matchbook template specifically for the size of the sentiment die cuts which were provided in the Paper Pumpkin kit.

I added Old Olive, Flirty Flamingo, & Wisteria Wonder card stock from my stash to complete these.

  • Each Matchbook Needs a piece of CS measuring 2″ x 5.75″
  • Score the CS @ 2.5″, 2.75″, & 5.25″, then fold on score lines
  • Adhere stamped die cuts from the Paper Pumpkin kit
  • Staple a piece of wrapped candy at the base of the matchbook, catching the twist of the wrap, but not damaging the candy. *TIP: I used fairly flat hard candies with the two-ended twist and caught 1 end in the staple allowing the candy to lie flat so the top flap of the matchbook would lie flat.

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Making a whole basket of these was a very quick task.  Now I have plenty of treats to hand out in October to friends & customers.

Plus, I still have stamps, ink, and more die cuts to make additional projects. By adding some more card stock from my personal stash and I made a quick scrapbook layout. I just used the sunflower center stamp in the Paper Pumpkin kit in various colors to make my background paper.  This layout could be done in any color.  I have some photos in mind, so I choose Soft Suede, Old Olive, Flirty Flamingo, and Rich Razzleberry to go with the colors in my photos. I’ll be handwriting or stamping a title and including the date on the bottom right banner.

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As you can see, you don’t need to use the kit as intended and can continue to use your Paper Pumpkin stamps and inks by adding additional card stock and other supplies.

Are you wondering what I am doing with the other test tubes?

I have plans to create some stocking-stuffer gifts with the test tubes I didn’t use.  Some things I thought might fit:

  • rolled up money
  • bath salts
  • chapstick
  • Instant drink mix (cocoa, coffee, spiced tea)
  • peppercorns or sea salt for the cook
  • cookie sprinkles for Christmas cookie time.

So many ideas,  I wanted refill kits.  Paper Pumpkin subscribers get the added benefit of getting refill kits when available. Refill kits include all the materials to make the projects, but not the ink spot or stamps in the original mailing and usually run around $8.00 US.

With many holidays coming soon, I’ll bet we’ll see something related to the Seasons, Christmas or New Year’s in a Paper Pumpkin box soon.

What do you think next month’s Paper Pumpkin will be? I’ll be waiting to find out.

Will you be getting one?  There’s still time to become a new subscriber and take advantage of the Buy one Get one offer until October 10, 2016 or subscribe again.

Until next time…

-Joanne