April 26, 2015

Jumbo Triangle Box & New YouTube Video!

Before I get to my new video, I have added MORE new listings in my Etsy Store. Make sure you check it out:

And here is the link to my Etsy Store if you were not able to click above: Debbie's Etsy Store

Now on to my new video for this week. I have re-created a traditional "Triangle Box" pattern into a "Jumbo Triangle Box" for you today with my new YouTube Video. So easy with step-by-step directions!

This is my "Jumbo Triangle Box":

Isn't it just darling? And you get to learn how to make one too! I have step-by-step instructions on my video and the pattern listed below. Keep scrolling below.

Here's the YouTube Video and make sure you subscribe to my channel while visiting. If you can't view it below by clicking on the video, here is the direct link to my YouTube Channel:

YouTube Video

And here is the pattern for the measurements you will need: JUMBO TRIANGLE BOX PATTERN

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April 25, 2015

Perfect Gift for Card-Making!

I've had lots of you ask about card-making. Mother's Day is the perfect time to sign up for a program through Stampin' Up! called "Paper Pumpkin". Mom will love how it includes everything she needs to feel crafty and have a simple, fun experience at the same time. You can purchase a 1-month, 3-month, 6-month or 12-month subscription and a little red box will show up at her doorstep once a month. All she needs is adhesive to assemble her projects! You need to sign up before May 10th to have the first box arrive in time for May!

No one to purchase the kit for you? You can purchase the subscription as a gift or for yourself. Same deal. The little red box will show up at your doorstep each month and you get to create!

The photo above shows you the kit that just arrived to my home. Everything you see above is include (minus the gift certificate). There are 8 of these with everything included. The card is made to slide in and out of the pocket. It is so adorable and you can customize with the stamps included to: Mom, Dude, Graduation, Thanks...so many choices.

Once you are ready to order a subscription, I'll send you this Gift Certificate that you can fill out and present if you are purchasing this as a gift:

So many options....a 1 month subscription:

A 3 month subscription:

A 6 month subscription:

And a 12 month subscription:

Plus, you or the receiver will become one of my "Exclusive" customers and each month I will email an instruction sheet to create 6-10 more projects if you choose! Contact me today to sign up or do it yourself through my Paper Pumpkin Online Store:
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Create with Connie & Mary Week #3 Blog Hop!

We at Create with Connie & Mary would like to thank all of our subscribers that joined us during our Card "Create"tions Celebrations. We had a great time with all of you and hope you enjoyed all of the projects we presented to you!

If you arrived here from Nicole Tugrul's blog, wasn't her favor just fabulous? If you are starting the blog hop with me, I will have the next stop at the bottom of my post.

So for my Week #3 stamp set, I chose to feature "Well Worded". For those of you that have been following me over the years, you've learned that I love to create masculine projects. I used the mustache image to create my favor this week:

I used the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies to cut out all of my pieces. I cut an additional Whisper White Cardstock piece from the center of the thinlits. For the Designer Paper,  I cut a slit and folded the ends to resemble a shirt and added two Candy Dots for buttons:

I added the stamped mustache at the top and stuffed the bag with red tissue paper.  I like the sentimet on the mustache that read "you da man"!

Before I direct you to the next blog I have a SURPRISE for you...because the session is over and the retired stamp set lists are out, we decided to release the names of the stamp sets we used for this Card "Create"tions Celebrations session!  It's not too late to join and see ALL the card set ideas IMMEDIATELY...ready for you to set up your classes or go to work creating!  Here you go!
  • Petal Potpourri (Free Preview)
  • Tap Tap Tap (Free Preview)
  • Simply Sports
  • Sweet Stuff (retiring)
  • From the Garden (Occasions)
  • Bordering Blooms
  • Peace, Love, Cupcakes (retiring)
  • Choose Happiness
  • YeeHaw
  • What's Your Type
  • Adventure Awaits (Occasions)
  • Bravo
  • Amazing Banner
  • Snuggles & Smooches
  • Mother's Love (Occasions)
  • Lovely Amazing You
  • Your Perfect Day (Occasions)
  • Playful Pennants (retiring)
  • Well Worded (retiring)
  • Pictogram Punches
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  • Edition runs April 5 - 25
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I will now direct you to Deb Currier's blog so you can view her adorable project. Next Saturday we will go back to our regular Blog Hops. 


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April 24, 2015

Dear Debbie.....

Hi Stampers and welcome to a new question for my "Dear Debbie" series. If you've missed my previous posts, you can find them all here:

I'm having so much fun with these posts. As I've mentioned before, my Downline Linda S. is the one that suggested this idea to me one day. She thought it would be a good idea for me to share the wealth of information from all the years and experience in paper crafting and stamping with you! 

For today's post, I was actually speaking with Linda on the phone a few weeks ago about business and she wanted me to share how to use Stampin' Spritzer's. These are the Stampin' Up! Spritzer's I am referring to:

Linda's question was mostly geared to using these with water vs. rubbing alcohol. The photo below shows how I have all of my individual ink colors mixed and labeled with each Stampin' Up! ink color:

And here is a card sample where I placed a stencil on the front of my card and spritzed the color. The spritzer makes is so simple & quick:

The correct answer is that you can use both when mixing your colors. Water or Rubbing Alcohol. Why would I use one over the other? The only answer for me is that when using water, it takes much longer to dry and may sometimes warp your cardstock, of course depending on how much you spray. With rubbing alcohol, the drying time is pretty much cut in half. That's my only reason for preferring alcohol over water.

How do I mix mine? I fill the Spritzer with rubbing alcohol about 3/4 full and then add about 10 drops of re-inker. If you prefer a darker shade add more or a lighter shade add less. Allow your ink to dry between coats if you decide you need to spritz a second time. Thanks Linda for my question this week and if you have a product, technique or any general stamping question, please feel free to email me or leave a comment here on my blog!
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April 23, 2015

Adventure Bound Designer Paper = Lots of Cards!

Are you one of those stampers that has a difficult time coming up with Masculine-themed cards? Hate the thought of sitting and contemplating a design for your husband, boyfriend, father, son, brother, uncle or any other male person in your life? Have you seen the beautiful designer paper called "Adventure Bound Designer Paper" in our Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog?
And this is the catalog description: No delicate flowers and soft colors here--these designs are bold and spirited, making them the right choice for Father's Day, graduation, or masculine projects. Great for card fronts or backgrounds. 48 sheets in each padded stack: 4 each of 12 double-sided designs. 4-1/2" x 6-1/2". Coordinates with Basic Gray, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Mossy Meadow, Sahara Sand, Whisper White.

I decided to take one sheet of each design and cut them in half. So 12 sheets = 24 cards! Each designer layer when cut in half measures 3-1/4" x 4-1/2". I kept them all clean & simple so they could easily be mass-produced by using an assortement of stamps sets, punches and framelits:

 Smoky Slate Cardstock

 Chocolate Chip Cardstock

 Bermuda Bay Cardstock

 Early Espresso Cardstock

 Cajun Craze & Vellum Cardstock

 Basic Black Cardstock

 Mossy Meadow Cardstock

 Hello Honey Cardstock

 Pool Party Cardstock

 Crumb Cake Cardstock

 Island Indigo Cardstock

Basic Gray Cardstock

Each cardstock color was cut at 10" x 7-1/2" and cut in half to measure 10" x 3-3/4". Score in the center of each piece at 5" and fold. Some of the left-over strips of cardstocks were used as layers or to stamp on. If you are a demonstrator, this would make a great Masculine class for your customers or if you are a customer, have a seat in your stamp room with a cup of coffee or tea and get creating! 

You can purchase this designer paper stack by using the link to my Online Store below and enter item code #137780 for $6.95. This product will expire on June 2nd so act now before it's gone!
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April 22, 2015

Paper Pumpkin for March 2015!

Good Morning Stampers! I have a rather long post for you today and I apologize for being a little late with Paper Pumpkin for last month. If you've been visiting my blog, you know that I belong to a group called the "Paper Pumpkin Gurus". There are 10 of us Stampin' Up! Demonstrators and we each submit an exclusive project for our Paper Pumpkin Subscribers only. How lucky for our subscribers that they are emailed 7-10 projects each month with PDF step-by-step directions. We compile all of our projects into one document and it's pretty exciting. I can't show you what I made for my exclusive project except for these "Sneak Peeks" but I'll show you what else I did with my box of goodies a little further down. 
Here's the Sneak Peek:
For those of you not familiar with Paper Pumpkin....it's a little red box that shows up in your mailbox once a month once you subscribe. Included in the box is EVERYTHING you need but the adhesive:

 For March we received ALL of these stamps, a Basic Black Stampin' Spot Ink Pad, directions....

......9 cards, Stampin' Dimensionals, Epoxy Stickers, and Envelopes which I forgot to include in the photo below:

Here's a close-up of all the stamps that you can use alone or combine a few here and there to create multi-worded sentiments:

We also received some yellow twine and a needle so you can cross-stitch the pre-punched holes. In the sample below, I stamped the "Happy Birthday To" and am getting ready to cross-stitch:

These are all of the cards I made minus one that was used for the "Exclusive Project" for my Subscribers:

The first thing that popped into my head was to create a small goodie holder:

Fold the card base in half on the score line.  Push the two ends into the Scallop Tag Topper Punch and punch the shape. Use your scissors to remove the two tabs on each side:

Open up the card base and add a score line 1" away on each side of the score line. Fold as shown above. Add A ribbon at the top and insert a goodie on the inside!

The card below was cut in half for a one-layer card. I used the other half on another card later:

I trimmed it down to a size of 4-34" x 3-14", and you can add a gift card on the back and slide it into the coordinating envelope that came with the kit. I rounded the corners with the PL Corner Punch. I added a Decorative Label Punch shape folded in half at the top and glued. I added 3 layers of cardstock punched with the Spiral Border Punch.

For the next project, I used a Stampin' Write Marker instead of cross-stitching with twine. I also cut one of the polka dot cards in half to use on another card you'll see later:

Here's a close-up. All I did was use a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker and joined the holes to create faux stitching:

I did a little something different for the next two cards. Can you spot what I did?

I used an Exacto Knife to cut the letters out. My cuts went from hole to hole as you can see in the photo below:

I used the cardstock layer with the cut-out holes on the first card you saw above and added a piece of Tempting Turquoise Cardstock peeking through the holes.

I used the cut out letters only on this next card:

This is a "Joy Fold" card that I created using Real Red Cardstock. The polka dot layer is from the earlier polka dotted card. I folded it in half to use for my joy fold. Once folded, I cut it to measure 3" wide by snipping both ends with my paper cutter. The Real Red layer measures 4-1/2" x 6-1/4". I scored at 2" and folded. The polka dot layer is glued under the 2" flap to open in the opposite direction.

The card below is pretty neat because the word "HELLO" fits perfectly in the white stripes from the card base. I stamped repeatedly until all the white stripes were filled. On a separate piece of Whisper White Cardstock, I stamped the bubble image with the word "HELLO" on the inside of the bubble and hand-cut the shape. I repeated this three times to glue to my card base with Stampin' Dimensionals. The ink color I used was Melon Mambo:

For the card below, I again used a Stampin' Write Marker to create "X's" for faux cross-stitching this time. I also sponged on the white stripes from dark to light. The ink color used with Rich Razzleberry with the ink pad and the Stampin' Write Marker:

You can see how I achieved both by looking at the photo's below:
  I really like my Pink Pirouette Card below:

I added some flowers using the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack and this time I used a Pink Pirouette Stampin' Write Marker to color in the word:

Only a few more to go....thanks for your patience! The card below was completed per the kit instructions except I added a Lost Lagoon Cardstock butterfly that I cut with the Butterfly Framelits Dies and added a twine bow in the center:

For my final card, I used one of the half pieces and cut it in half again to create two panels to use for layering:

I also used a piece of Basic Black Cardstock cut at 1-1/4" x 2-3/4" to place behind the holes. The black peeks through:

All you need to do is trim the corners once it is glued on the back:

So how do you get this little red box delivered to you each month. And how do you receive an email from me each month with exclusive projects just for you? Sign up before the 10th of next month and you're in! Here's the link to subscribe:


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