Know that Today

Know that today a friend is thinking of you.  Isn’t that such a nice thing to say?  You could use it for so many different things.  It happens to be one of the stamps in the Part of My Story Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  And I’ve used it here on this card.

I made these cards as a swap for my January team meeting.  It’s full of some beautiful products that I love but a pretty simple looking card.  I’ve actually used three different Sale-A-Bration products on here – the Part of My Story stamp set for the greeting, the Organdy Ribbon, and the wood butterfly elements.  The Organdy Ribbon has turned out to be the most popular Sale-A-Bration item I think in all of Stampin’ Up! History and quickly sold right through the full supply plus two back up orders!  I’m still hoping that we might be able to get some more near the end of the Sale-A-Bration promotion so I’ll be keeping my eye open and post on my Facebook  page if that happens.  If it does it will sell out quickly again. 

One of the Occasions catalog product that I used was the cute Gingham Designer Paper which comes in five different colors.  And they match all those ribbons in that Organdy Ribbon pack.  You can could switch up the colors for this card and make a rainbow of them.  Another favorite new item I used was the Stitched Rectangle framelits.  I actually cut out a bunch of rectangles for a different card but the neat thing about these dies is they also add stitching on the outside part that creates the frame.  Nobody wants to waste cute frames so they became part of this card.

Supply List

  • #149719 Part of my Story stamp set (Sale-A-Bration 2019)
  • #149711 Butterfly Elements (Sale-A-Bration 2019)
  • #149623 Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack (Sale-A-Bration 2019)
  • #148554 Gingham Gala 6×6 Designer Series Paper
  • #148551 Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies
  • #115318 Soft Suede Card stock
  • #147115 Soft Suede ink
  • #100730 Whisper White card stock
  • #143263 Big shot Die Cutting Machine
  • #103683 Mini Glue Dots

I’ve just returned from a trip to Michigan where I spent the weekend with some of the top demonstrators in the company.  We stamped and listened to several demo’s share their stories and business tips.  There are a ton of notes in my book and I’m excited to bring some new ideas to my team and my business.  If you have ever considered signing up as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator or you have a really long wish list – this is the perfect time to join my team.  You get extra FREE products in your kit AND have the option to add this cute tote bag.  Visit my JOIN page to learn more and be a part of the PAWS team today!

We are growing a lot this year – with 8 new team members in the past month!

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Fun Background Technique

Sometimes when you start playing with the parts and pieces of the monthly Paper Pumpkin kit you just can’t stop.  I ended up with a lot of alternate ideas for the January 2019 kit – Be Mine Valentine.  As you know I like to pair up the kits with the Note Cards & Envelopes because it makes a quick card.  Here is another one that I created for this month.

What you might notice on this card is the background.  Now where did that come from?  It’s easy and you have the supplies that you need right in your monthly Paper Pumpkin box.  It is the blue tissue paper!  I just crumpled it up and dipped it in my ink pad and then tapped it on my note card.  Keep repeating until you get the amount of color that you want.  I used Pool Party ink on this card. 

The other things that I added for this card is the Memento Black ink and then a couple of my Stampin’ Blends markers to color the bird.  The scalloped circle, the heart, the kangaroo, and the stamps are all from the kit.  Let me know if you try this background technique – I’d love to see what you do with it. You can see how I did it by watching my Facebook Live video of alternate ideas from the January Be Mine Valentine kit click ==> HERE.  You can see this project along with my other alternate idea projects.

Supply List

  • Paper Pumpkin Kit January 2019 – Be Mine Valentine
  • Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes
  • Memento Black ink
  • Pool Party ink
  • Stampin’ Blends: Pool Party, Calypso Coral

Did you see the sneak peeks of February’s Paper Pumpkin Kit?  It looks like it is going to be a good one.

Be sure to sign up by February 10th if you want to receive it.  Here are a few clues on what to expect:

  • An all card kit
  • Makes 9 full-sized cards in 3 unique designs (3 of each design)
  • Basic Black, Lemon Lime Twist, Mint Macaron, Fresh Fig
  • Fun, earthy elements – potting soil, succulents, bold, vintage tea cups, letter planters, photographic design

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Easy Heart Treats

I kept seeing these adorable heart shaped treat holders on Pinterest but everyone linked to a foreign demonstrator with instructions in french.  Unfortunately for me I don’t know any french.  I finally found one with some photographs with measurements in centimeters so I started with that and tried to convert to inches and round it up to make it even.  Played around with it a little bit until I got measurements that worked for me. They are much easier to make than they might seem.  So let’s get to it.

I started by creating this version for my Stamper’s Club.  This was one of their February club projects and uses the All My Love Designers Series paper.  The stamp set I used for my words is Petal Palette. The little box on the inside holds a Lindor Truffle – the strawberries & cream version for Valentine’s Day.  Cut your strip of Designer Series paper to be 1-1/2″ wide and 12″ long.  Fold it in half.  Then put some tear & tape on the end on the outside and curl the two ends together to form the heart. 

To make the box I used a 3-1/2″ square of card stock – Lovely Lipstick for this one.  Score all four sides at 1″ and snip two sides and fold to form a box.  The tear & tape is perfect for this project.  Use it to create the box and then use it on the bottom and one end to add the box inside the heart. 

Supply List

  • All My Love Designer Series Paper
  • Lovely Lipstick card stock
  • Petal Palette stamp set
  • Lovely Lipstick ink
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Whisper White Baker’s Twine
  • 1/8″ hand held punch
  • Tear & Tape

After my stamp club made these I decided to make another one as an alternate project for my January Paper Pumpkin kit.  I added the Animal Expedition Designer Series paper – which coordinates with the kit and the Baker’s twine to make some of these hearts out of the kit contents.

The box for this project comes from the pillow box in the paper pumpkin kit.  The stamp set, ink spot and white label are all part of the kit too.  If you’d like to see a Facebook Live video of this project and my other alternate projects from the January Be Mine Valentine kit go here.

Supply List

  • Be Mine Valentine January 2019 Paper Pumpkin Kit
  • Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper
  • Whisper White Baker’s Twine
  • 1/8″ hand held punch
  • Tear & Tape (or use the tape in the kit)

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Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop – January 2019 – Be Mine

Hello my friends.  It’s time for our monthly A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop.  A blog hop filled with alternate ideas using contents from the monthly kit. I took a few months off but I’m back and hope to participate every month.  This month our kit is – Be Mine Valentine.  It an adorable Valentine kit that coordinates with the Animal Expedition suite from the Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog.


The kit makes 24 little pillow box treats perfect for Valentine’s Day.  And there are plenty of extra little die cut pieces to make cards or other treats with. 

Now the kit makes 24 pillow box treats but what if you need more and you didn’t order an extra box.  Well I have a sweet idea of how to double this kit and get 24 treats out of it.

Mini Valentine Treats

Cut each pillow box in half and then you can get twice as many out of this kit.  If you turn the pillow box over to the blue side and put it on your trimmer there is a line right down the middle.  I added a valentine peppermint patty in each box after I assembled it.  To keep them from falling out I just used some Whisper White ribbon to tie around them and hold the candy inside.  That’s the only thing I added.

Supply List

The additional supplies that I added to complete this project were:

  • #126889 Stampin’ Trimmer
  • #144172 /8″ Sheer Ribbon Whisper White


Note Cards

I like to pair up the Paper Pumpkin kits with the note cards.  Yes I say that all the time.  But it makes quick and easy cards that you can send right out in the mail.  Here are two quick ideas for you.  

This first idea I added the little chameleons to the card along with some of the little hearts.  To make the matching envelope I stamped the chameleon and colored him with the Stampin’ Blends. 

For this one I decided to try something without the animals and focus just on the hearts.  I added an extra piece of white card stock and some Pool Party ink. 

Supply List

The additional supplies that I added to complete these were:

  • #131527 Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes
  • #132708 Memento Ink Pad
  • #147274 Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends Combo
  • #144042 Calypso Coral Light Stampin’ Blends
  • #144595 Pool Party Light Stampin’ Blends
  • #100730 Whisper White card stock
  • #147107 Pool Party Classic ink pad

I hope you liked these alternate ideas for the monthly Paper Pumpkin kit. Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.  My plan is to have a Facebook Live on Sunday afternoon showing these ideas and a couple of others. 

The Blog Hop Continues

To continue through go and click on the next blog in the list below. Its been a few months so I’m crossing my fingers that it will work again and I haven’t forgotten how to add the list!

Don’t forget you have until the 10th of the month to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and get that month’s kit. 

The February Kit will be a succulent theme and its all cards.

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Thanks for visiting today.

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