May 22, 2015

Card & Post-It Note Ensemble!

I have a Card & Post-It Note Ensemble for sale today. I only have a limited number of these ensembles. All items are completed and ready for you to use:

The ensemble includes:
  • (3) cards with the sentiment "A Little Kindness Goes A Long Way". All cards measure 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" and are blank on the inside
  • (1) Post-It Note Holder which includes the Post-It note on the inside
  • (3) Envelopes
  • Shipping
Please use my PayPal link below and allow up 2 days for me to package and send out in the mail to you:

Kinda Eclectic Ensemble Includes Shipping
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May 21, 2015

Paper Pumpkin May Sneak Peek!

Bright, Beautiful, Exciting....that's what this month's Paper Pumpkin is all about! My red box arrived at my doorstep yesterday and I didn't even have to lift a finger:

I was so eager to dig in and see what the surprise was this month. Inside the box was a flyer. Did you know you can sign up from now until June 10th to receive two months at 50% off! What a deal!

Once I read and removed the flyer, here's what I found. The very nicely-blue-tissue-wrapped contents:

Once I unwrapped the blue tissue, I found this adorable stamp set and an Indigo Blue Stampin' Spot (ink):

A package of cardstock and gift bag along with everything you need to assemble them all packaged nicely in clear wrap with instructions included:

Four beautiful gift bags, six envelopes and six card bases. Love the designs!

Then I found some twine, tags, balloon cut-outs, layers for my cards, tissue paper and white circles to stamp on:

Here they are all popped out and ready to go:

Before I show you some projects I created, here's a video showcasing this month's kit:

Now you know me, I try to add my own twist to some of the contents. Of course I can't show you all of them as some are "Exclusive" to the Paper Pumpkin Gurus group that I belong to. We create 8-12 projects each month and combine them into PDF directions for our Paper Pumpkin customers.

Here's what the kit is meant to look like:

Aren't the two projects so cute to present to someone for their birthday? The yellow tissue paper peeks out of the two balloon cut-outs in the gift bag. Neat! But what about using the contents and layers for something other than a birthday? I turned mine into thank you projects:

You can find the FREE PDF download which includes all of the instructions, measurements and products used:

Make sure you come back around the 5th of next month to view a Sneak Peek of our Exclusive Projects. I will email the PDF directions to all of my Paper Pumpkin Subscribers. If you are interested in the 50% off for two months deal, sign up here before the 10th of June. Use code SAVE50

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May 20, 2015

Stampers For Others Facebook Hop!

Our group the Stampers For Others hosted our monthly Facebook Hop for May on Monday. If you haven't visited my Facebook page Debbie's Designs yet, make sure you click the link below and "LIKE" my page to receive notifications when I post:

Our hop for the month of May used the theme "Monochromatic May". I created two cards:

I decided to show you some retiring products this month.... 3 of them.
  • Triangle Punch (Item #133375)
  • Mosaic Punch (Item #131267) 
  • Four You Stamp Set (Item #130538 Clear Mount and Item #130535 Wood Mount). 
If you are interested in any of these 3 products, you need to order them before they are gone! For my monochromatic theme, I used 4 blues: Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Pacific Point and Night of Navy:

Both cards use 2 layers of Whisper White Cardstock with Stampin' Dimensionals separating them. The "hello" is inked in Night of Navy Ink using the Four You stamp set. I also added Pearl Jewels to both cards!

I hope you enjoyed both of my cards and I also hope you will visit my Facebook page to view the whole hop! Here are the supplies I used:
  • Cardstock: Whisper White, Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Night of Navy
  • Stamps: Four You
  • Inks: Night of Navy
  • Accessories: Pearl Jewels
  • Tools: Stampin' Dimensionals, Triangle Punch, Mosaic Punch
 Thanks for stopping by to visit me today!

May 19, 2015

Control Freaks Blog Hop for May!

You may know what day of the month it is and if's the May Blog Hop for the Control Freaks!

Our theme for this month is Stampin' Up! Sneak Peek Previews! You may have arrived here from Mindy Backes blog. How awesome were her projects huh? If you are starting with me, I will direct you to the next stop at the bottom of my post.

As Stampin' Up! demonstrators, we were able to order some sneak peek products for the upcoming 2015-2016 Annual Catalog. Up for my first project is the You've Got This, Friendly Wishes and Floral Wings stamp sets:

I had to hand-cut my butterfly because I do not yet have the coordinating framelits. I love how you stamp the butterfly first and then stamp the flowers and leaves in the blank white spots. Do you spot some new colors? You sure do! I used the new cardstock colors and one new ink color:

Card Supplies:
  • Stamp Sets: Floral Wings, You've Got This, Friendly Wishes
  • Inks: Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush
  • Accessories: Pearl Jewels
  • Cardstock: Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White
For my 2nd project I created a coordinating card and a treat holder using the Bag Punch Board. For stamp sets I used You've Got This which is a Hostess stamp set that you will LOVE!

In my first project I used the background image from the stamp set. For this card I used the sentiment and the flower image. I stamped both using Early Espresso Ink:

Once my image was stamped, I colored the stem with the Cucumber Crush Stampin' Write Marker. I then used a Blender Pen to grab the inked lines of the flower and colored subtly on each petal. Do you spot any other new products? What about that cool elegant ribbon and the designer paper in the background? I used the same products for my treat holder:

Project Supplies:
  • Stamp Sets: You've Got This
  • Cardstock: Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White
  • Designer Paper: Neutrals Paper Stack
  • Inks: Early Espresso, Delightful Dijon, Cucumber Crush Stampin' Write Markers
  • Accessories: Rhinestone Jewels, Tip Top Taupe 1" Dotted Lace Trim
  • Tools: Blender Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals, Bag Punch Board
Now I will direct you to my talented teammate Justin Krieger's blog. Make sure you take the whole tour as we all have great new inspiration for you! You will love the new Annual Catalog when it reaches you!
Thanks for stopping by to visit me today!

Weekly Deals & Paper Pumpkin Discount!

I'm back from vacation and wow, I'm a little behind. The Bahamas was great at our highest of 92 degrees one day and then we come home to Maine to temps in the 50's! I now have a full-blown head cold!

I had scheduled posts while I was away and now I have lots of catching up to do. You may see a few days of me posting late as I don't have anything made up ahead of time to show right now.  Have you seen to new great deal on Paper Pumpkin? New subscribers can get their first two months at 50% off! Act fast as this is only good until June 10th:

Don't forget that I send subscribers "Exclusive Projects" to create with their kits around the 5th of the following month. You can visit my Paper Pumpkin store and enter promo code SAVE50. Here is the link to my store:

Debbie's Paper Pumpkin Store

This week's Weekly Deals:
Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog
June 2nd is the last day to order retiring products from the 2014-2015 Annual Catalog. Click on the link below to view all of the retiring products:
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May 18, 2015

Merry Monday #159!

Happy Monday and welcome to a brand new challenge at Merry Monday this week! I am the hostess for our challenge this week and I challenge you to use a non-evergreen tree on your Christmas card. I hope you visit my teammates to see what they used on their projects this week. Here is the challenge:

I decided to dig out my cutting machine to cut a bunch of trees. But first I sponged some Soft Sky Ink on the Soft Sky Cardstock layer to create some snow drifts using a torn piece of scrap paper as a stencil and sponging Soft Sky Ink above the stencil:

I kept moving the torn paper in different locations to sponge. I like the way the snow drifts look so subtle in the background. I then glued my cluster of trees in place and added a banner that I hand-cut from the White Christmas stamp set:

I finished off my card by adding some stamped snowflakes and Rhinestone Jewels. Pretty easy! I hope you plan on participating in my challenge this week and be sure to visit Merry Monday!

Card Supplies:

Trees: Silhouette Cameo Cut File
Stamps: White Christmas
Cardstock: Real Red, Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Inks: Soft Sky, Real Red
Accessories: Rhinestone Jewels
Tools: Project Life Corner Punch, Sponge Daubers

Thanks for stopping by to visit me today!

May 17, 2015

YouTube Video: Coloring On Bleach Technique!

Dave and I arrived back home from New York to Maine last night from our cruise to the Bahamas! I had a great time but it's always great to be back home. We tried to walk daily on the cruise ship and a few days ago it was quite windy and I should have known better than to continue. I ended up catching a cold from being in the wind so I am now home with a sore throat and blowing my nose. A great time for a post-trip cold!

I had recorded a new video in advance for you before I left for our trip and am posting it today. The video shows you a neat way to color with bleach with the addition of adding ink color to the bleaching with a Blender Pen and Ink Pads.

Here is the card for today's video:

Notice the lighter "bleached" areas of my stamped images and how I added color to the leaves and flowers:

I hope you like the technique I am showing you today. I've listed all of the supplies I used during the video. You can click on the video below or the link I have provided below the video:

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May 16, 2015

CCMC Saturday Blog Hop!

Hi Stampers and welcome to a new Saturday Blog Hop by the Create with Connie & Mary Design Team! I hope you have been enjoying our Saturday Blog Hops because we love doing them for you!

This week's theme is all about Punch Art! You may have arrived here from Nicole Tugrul's fabulous punch art project or you may be starting with me. At the end of my post I will send you to the next blog on the blog hop so you can take the whole tour!

Since Dave and I are away on a cruise to the Bahamas this week (arriving back today), I wanted to create a punch art card depicting our trip so I opted to use a few punches to create a ship floating at sea. We are at sea with 4 other couples so I guess you could say the "Let's Party" sentiment is appropriate:

Can you guess which Stampin' Up! punches I used on my card? I used the 2" Circle Punch, 1" Square Punch and the Owl Punch:

Here are my card layers:
  • Card Base: Chocolate Chip Cardstock 11" x 4-1/4". Score in the center at 5-1/2" and fold.
  • Layer #2: Neutrals Paper Stack 5-1/4" x 4". Glue to card base.
  • Layers #3 & #4: Soft Sky Cardstock 5-1/2" x 4-1/4". Using Lost Lagoon Cardstock, tear some strips of cardstock and sponge the torn edges with Lost Lagoon Ink. Place on the bottom of your Soft Sky Cardstock on the 4-1/4" side using about 3 layers. Cut the shape using the Top Note Die. Emboss the Lost Lagoon Cardstock layers only by inserting your cardstock layer only partially into the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  Stamp the sunshine image from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set using VersaMark Ink. Sprinkle with Crushed Curry Embossing Powder and set with your Heat Tool. Add Rhinestone Jewels in the center of your sun. Glue to card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.
  • Ship: Create the base of the ship using the Neutrals Paper Stack and the 2" Circle Punch. Cut the circle in half. Add a sliver of Crushed Curry Cardstock as a trim. Cut a piece of Chocolate Chip Cardstock 1/4" x 1-1/4". Glue to the back of the base and glue to card front tucking under the waves. Cut two squares, one using the 1" Square Punch and one using the smallest of the Square Framelits Dies using Lost Lagoon Cardstock. Cut both squares in half and glue one of each half as the sails using Stampin' Dimesionals. Add two hearts to the largest sail using Crushed Curry Cardstock cut with the Owl Punch. Hand-cut a tiny triangle using Crushed Curry Cardstock for the flag at the very top and glue in place.
  • Sentiment: Stamp the sentiment from the Cheerful Critters stamp set on Soft Sky Cardstock using Lost Lagoon Ink. Hand-cut into a banner and glue using Stampin' Dimensionals!
Your next stop to view some more fabulous punch art is Deb Currier! I hope you have a good weekend!
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