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

 

 

 

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