Oh SO Thankful for so much

I’m thankful to be back to post after a week long hospital stay & scheduled blog posts that didn’t quite go off as planned during a time when I could do little about it.

My days looked like this:

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and these days led me to be VERY Grateful for those who donate blood so that I could get IVIG (Immune Globulin is a blood Plasma substance) for a combined Myasthenia Gravis & Systemic Lupus exacerbation.  It takes thousands of donations to get enough IVIG for those hanging bottles and I had to get 5 days of infusions for this round.  If there is continued success, I’ll be getting them as an outpatient on a regular basis to maintain energy, life, and breathing.

 For all of you who donate blood-God bless you!

I hope to have my computer issues fixed for any future health issues which keep me from posting on a regular schedule. Unfortunately, I knew events like this could happen being a person with numerous health issues which can steal my energy and send my body into a tailspin.  However, I thought my scheduled posts in advance would work as intended, having just applied a patch to fix a past scheduled post issue.  Alas, computer glitches got me.  *sigh* There is only so much one can do from a hospital bed and iphone when they feel super run-down.

On my last night in the hospital, I finally mustered enough energy to sit by my bedside, take the above photo (going to scrap this, of course!), and make a few cards from the Watercolor Wishes Kit. (Item#140406-$35.00USD)

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Kits like this or Paper Pumpkin are perfect for this away from home kind of creativity.  Hopefully, you’re not stuck in a hospital like I was, but even as a visitor in a waiting room it would be a nice thing to pass the time.

watercolor-wishes-thank-youThese Thank You cards I made with the Watercolor Wishes kit were just perfect for the Nurses & support staff who were there for me through the week- A personal touch I left behind for the person touches they provided throughout my stay.

While I’m still not well, I’m managing restful days at home.  I’ll be taking it easy, trying to get posts that were missed organized and rescheduled and just taking each day as it comes as a blessing.

Thank you for visiting and reading this far 🙂

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

 

 

 

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