August 27, 2014

My Preview Project, Tutorial & Blog Candy!

So....what am I previewing, what tutorial am I giving you for FREE and what Blog Candy? I'm so glad you are wondering! We have a new edition going live to subscribers on Sunday and each one of us is featuring a project or tutorial this week to gear up for our "Holiday Card "Create"tions Edition" at Create with Connie & Mary. Before I show you my project, read a little more about our edition.....

  •  Over 72 EXCLUSIVE cards featuring 18 stamp sets!
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Okay, here's what I have in store for you today. I used the "Holiday Home" stamp set and coordinating "Homemade Holiday Framelits Dies" to create 4 different "seasons" cards for you:

I had a blast with these 4 cards and trying to use the stamps and dies in various ways. Here are the close-ups:


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August 26, 2014

Paper Pumpkin August!

Before I move on to my post for today, I'm just reminding you that Melissa and Nicole have their card projects up on their blogs today for Preview Week for the Holiday Card "Create"tions at Create with Connie & Mary.

Now for today's post. I oooh'd and aaaah'd again this month when my little red box arrived. What great shtuff to play with! Let's take a peek and see what's in my red box for this month:

Here's the kit all wrapped up along with a Hello Honey Stampin' Spot and 4 stamp sentiments along with one polka dot stamp image:

Large envelopes, small envelopes and card layers:

Banners, Card Bases, and string tie reinforcements for the envelopes:

I added the card fronts on top of the envelopes so you could see the words with the color peeking through, there's 2 of each of these:

And here we have glue dots, twine, sequins, brads, Stampin' Dimensionals and 6 cut-outs:

I had so much fun coming up with different ideas with this kit. I even used the envelopes to make 2 boxes. Sorry if this post is going to be long but I wanted to show you each individual project in case you want to make some of these yourself:

These are the 2 boxes I made. One with 2 large envelopes and the other box is made with 2 of the smaller envelopes. I'll even show you how at the end of my post.

And now for the cards. You can pretty much figure them out just by looking at each one. I did use additional cardstock sheets in Whisper White, Hello Honey and Strawberry Slush for card bases. If you cut the designer paper in half, you end up with two pieces for your cards:

On the card above, I cut the designer paper in half for two pieces and below, I added a small card glued to the large card:

What to do with all of those reinforcements? Use them layered for the background:

The card below uses some of the banners cut in half and glued to the back of the Hello panel:

The little card below has a matching envelope:

And this next one is the small envelope decorated on the outside and....

....decorated on the inside. Just flip the envelope open to reveal the attached card. It's all one piece:

All you need to do is cut the little flap with the adhesive on it completely off:

Next we have a coordinated large envelope and card. The card is flat with a layer of Strawberry Slush Cardstock. I also added a little handle cut with the Curly Label Punch that I folded and stapled on:

Another large envelope and coordinating card.. I hand-cut the heart and glued it to the envelope front:

And finally, here's how to make the boxes. I have the small one in step-by-step photos:

Fold 2 small envelopes on the score lines. You will also need a piece of cardstock measuring 2 1/2" x 1 3/4". Peel the backing off of the adhesive of one rounded tab and glue to the cardstock piece as shown below:

Now glue two sides of each box together, one short side over one long side, making sure the width will equal 1 3/4":

Glue the other two other sides together and glue the 2nd bottom flap to the cardstock piece. Your box should look like this:

Decorate your box as you like:

The large box is made in the same manner but because it is much larger, requires a little bit more stability on the bottom. The white piece for the bottom on this one measures 7" x 3 2/4" and you need to score 1 1/8" on both ends and fold. The large middle portion is the bottom of your box. The two sides fold upwards and are glued to the sides of your box when you fold the box sides over. I left the flaps open so you can add reinforced circles and a brad to each flap and then you can tie them together. All of the cards I made fit in this larger box as a "card keeper" or you can add treats to it! have I convinced you to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin? You can still get two months at half-price until September 10th by clicking here: and entering the code HALFOFF2. Let me know when you've done this so I can make sure it went through okay! I sometimes don't receive the email that someone signed up and I send you a thank you card for doing so!

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August 25, 2014

Merry Monday #123!

Have you been joining us each week at Merry Monday? If not, now's the time as Christmas is fast approaching and if you add a card each and every Monday, you'll have a great head-start. This week we have Bonnie as our hostess and she wanted us to add a wreath to our card:

I've had on my bucket list a layered wreath using the Daydream Medallions Stamp Set and I've finally created one:

Do you like the way I stamped the sentiment vertically? I really like the way my layered wreath turned out. The first layer is stamped directly on my Whisper White Cardstock. The 2nd layer was stamped on a separate cardstock piece and cut with the Floral Frames Framelits Dies. I glued it in place using Stampin' Dimensionals and added Red Glimmer Paper stars to the inside edge:

I completed the wreath by adding a 5-looped bow and some Pearl Jewels. I hope you plan on playing this week and visiting my teammates on the Merry Monday blog!
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Sentiment: Retired