New Kit Available Today!

Christmas Whimsy is an adorably festive card kit with a modern design! Santa’s elves might be hard at work in the North Pole but with this all-inclusive kit, the hard work is done for you! All pieces are printed, die cut, and ready for you to craft. The simple steps of this kit are perfect for beginner crafters and kids, too! Grab a kit or two and gather around for a simple Christmas activity that everyone will enjoy. The kit contains everything you need to create eight elf-centric Christmas cards including printed card bases, die cuts, embellishments, an exclusive stamp set, a Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Spot, and more!

 

The Christmas Whimsy Card Kit is available starting today Sept. 8, 2021.  Item #158166 and it is $19.

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Would you like to gather together with a group of friends either in person or virtually to make this kit (or one of the other kits) let me know.  I’d be happy to hold facilitate a crafty party for you. 

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Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop – The Adventure Begins

Hello again.  Sorry it has been so long since I posted on my blog.  This has been a very busy year.  If you haven’t heard the news we are building a new house and moving out of our current house.  The first move is this weekend and I’ll be in a temporary spot for a few weeks until the new house is done.  Anyway 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. This month our kit is – The Adventure Begins.

I’m short on time so I’m going to add the photos of my projects for you.  And I’ll try to come back and add more details later.  I will tell you that if you watch the Paper Pumpkin Team FB Live from August 3, 2021 you can see my projects there.  And if you watch the FB Live on my page – At Monika’s Place – from August 2, 2021 – you can see how I made the box along with another card that I don’t have any photos of.  My kit is already packed and moved so I don’t have it to take a photo right now either. 

 

Simple Card Alternate

 

Supply List

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

  • Card stock – Garden Green
  • Linen Thread

Alternate Card using the Envelope

 

Supply List

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

  • Card stock – Thick Basic White, Vellum, Basic White
  • Linen Thread
  • Sponge Dauber
  • Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine
  • Stitched So Sweetly dies

Treat Box

 

Supply List

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

  • Acetate square box
  • Linen Thread
  • Reversible Ribbon
  • Paper Trimmer

12×12 Scrapbook Page

 

Supply List

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

  • Card stock – Garden Green 12 x12 card stock
  • Garden Green Stampin’ Write Marker

I hope you liked this alternate idea for the monthly Paper Pumpkin kit. Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

The Blog Hop Continues

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

For August we have a special kit that’s called the HOPE Box.  Sign up by the 10th – go here

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Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop – Batter Up

I’m back!  Hello my stamping friends.  I’ve been away from my blog for awhile and I’m trying to get back to posting. There just aren’t enough hours in the day.  But 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. The May kit was called Batter Up and it was a baseball theme but I’ve put a twist on it.

 

This timeless kit with a “throwback” theme contains enough grand slam supplies to create nine cards—featuring classic colors, pinwheel and pinstripe patterns, and vintage-washed paper pieces. There’s no “batter” way to root, root, root for your home team and honor the all-stars in your life!   There are even some pieces of bubble gum in the kit for a fun twist while you craft or play ball!

Baseball is actually big around here – go Braves! But we are not really a baseball family so I came up with some different alternates for you today.  I do love the printed card bases so I wanted to work with those and the pieces that came in the kit but with a twist.  The color scheme is fun for this time of year – summer, memorial day, and the 4th of July are perfect for a red, white and blue (and yellow) theme – so I did stick with the colors in this kit.  But I added a bundle so that it wasn’t so sports oriented.  I used the Sweet Strawberry Bundle – which is a carry over from the JJ Mini Catalog into the new Annual Catalog.  Yay!

Card Trio

For my cards I decided to pull out the Sweet Strawberry Bundle and use both the stamp set and the punch to add a more feminine twist. On the back of the instruction sheet (don’t you love the new instructions!) you can see the list of coordinating colors and I grabbed my ink in Real Red, Bumblebee, and Soft Suede to use with the Night of Navy ink that came in the kit.  By rearranging the pieces and in some cases stamping on the back – the white side – and punching some flowers, leaves and a strawberry these cards take on a whole new look. 

Stamping tips

By sticking with the main colors in the kit the cards kept the same vibe. Since I didn’t want to introduce a shade of green for my leaves I used the Soft Suede instead.  On all three cards I combined sentiments from the Sweet Strawberry stamp set and the Batter Up stamp set. To “hide” the baseball elements try stamping on the back side like I did on the baseball card for the mom card, the baseball on the friend card, and on the back of both the base plate and the 4th strip for the thank you card. I did have to pull in just a small scrap of Basic White card stock for the strawberry and large leaves.

Cut or punch the die cut pieces

The striped Real Red/Bumblee piece was cut into 4 strips and I used 2 pieces on the mom card and 2 on the thank you card.  Using the Sweet Strawberry punch you can get flowers out of the small red strip – stamp first with the Real Red ink the outline of the small flower then punch by lining up the end with the small flower. 

Supply List

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

  • Card stock – Basic White
  • Sweet Strawberry Bundle = Sweet Strawberry stamp set + Strawberry Builder Punch
  • Ink – Real Red, Bumblebee, Soft Suede
  • Paper Snips

Here is a closer look at the 3 cards I made.

Hello There Friend card.

Just for You Mom card

You’re the Best Thank You card

I hope you liked this alternate idea for the monthly Paper Pumpkin kit. Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

The Blog Hop Continues

To continue through go and click on the next blog in the list below. If you are reading this post in your email you will need to click on the title of the post to visit my blog and see the list to continue on the hop.  Everyone is always so creative and the ideas are unique each month.

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

The June kit is called Expressions in Color and includes two Stampin’ Spots, 9 cards and coordinating envelopes and a stamp set.  Sign up by the 10th – go here

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Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop So Cool

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. This month our kit is April 2021 So Cool kit. 

I love this month’s shaped cards!  They are so fun.  My plan is to make up the cards as they are because I think they are cute and fun and happy.  So for my alternate ideas I used the stamp set, the stickers and some of the left over bits.  But first here is a look at the actual kit.

Aren’t those so fun!  I’ve been hoping for a kit with shaped cards for a long time and these are perfect.  So now for my alternate idea.

Quick & Cute Cards

The main focus of these cards is the stickers that were included with the kit.  Any that you don’t use for decorating the envelopes you can use to make more cards.  I added Thick Basic White for the card bases.  The leftover part of the silver glitter paper I carefully cut for small strips to add to my cards.  Each card has some of the fun Bumblebee Baker’s Twine tied around the sticker element.  Oh how I wish I had full rolls of that! 

A tip for you with the stickers – I wanted them on Stampin’ Dimensionals so I didn’t need the sticky on the back.  You have a couple of different ways to get rid of it.  One is to stick it to a piece of card stock and then just trim around it.  The other is to use an embossing buddy, powder or something similar to make the sticky part not sticky – I’ve even just stuck it to my jeans at times. 

Supply List

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

  • Card stock – Thick Basic White
  • Ink – Old Olive, Bumblebee

 

I hope you liked this alternate idea for the monthly Paper Pumpkin kit. Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

The Blog Hop Continues

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

Baseball fans this next kit is for you!  And it even includes MLB gum! New subscribers can get a special home run deal starting May 7th – signup for a monthly subscription with the code HOMERUN0521 and receive this kit for $5. There are a limited number of special kits so be sure to grab this deal on May 7th.  Final day to sign up for this kit is the 10th – go here

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Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop – Bouquet of Hope

Hello my crafty friends.  It is time for our monthly A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop.  A blog hop filled with alternate ideas using contents from the monthly kit. This month our kit is called Bouquet of Hope – it is the February 2021 Paper Pumpkin Kit.

February’s Paper Pumpkin kit—Bouquet of Hope—provides a way to offer comfort, care, and condolences to those enduring life’s challenges – and there seems to be a lot of that right now. With beautiful blooms and supportive sentiments, the Bouquet of Hope Paper Pumpkin Kit will soothe sorrow and share sympathy in a heartfelt, handmade way. While you can create nine cards of comfort and coordinating envelopes with this month’s kit, the kit’s exclusive, versatile stamp set can be used any time with additional products to make more cards.

For my idea I wanted to focus more on the stamp set and the beautiful bouquet of flowers.  Every month you will have an exclusive stamp set plus your ink spot left to use for future projects.  I went back and pulled out some of the ink spots from the past kits to use for water coloring my bouquet – you could use any colors that you want.

Water colored Bouquet

For my card today I pulled out a piece of water color paper and I used a Sahara Sand ink pad to stamp the bouquet.  To create an ink palette to use for my ink colors I like to use the clear blocks – the tiny A block is my favorite.  Dab the ink spot onto the block and then use an aqua brush to pull ink from the block.  Sometimes I use the large blocks and dab some color on each corner.  I colored in all the flowers and leaves and then used the Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Marker to add in the flower stems.  

Using the striped card base I created a frame by cutting out an oval with my die cut machine after trimming down the piece to be 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Both pieces are layered onto a Just Jade card base.  Finish by stamping the sentiment on a scrap of the water color paper and cutting it out and then I added a few sequins from the kit.

Supply List

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

  • Card stock – Just Jade, Water color Paper
  • Water Painters
  • Clear Blocks
  • Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Marker
  • Bumblebee ink
  • ink spots from previous Paper Pumpkin kits – Just Jade, Mossy Meadow, Rich Razzleberry, Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade
  • Paper Snips 
  • Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine
  • Layering Oval Dies

I hope you liked this alternate idea for the monthly Paper Pumpkin kit. Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

The Blog Hop Continues

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

Don’t miss the kit for March!  It’s Paper Pumpkin’s birthday month and a free git is included – a 4 pack of stencils and a sponge!  Sign up by the 10th – go here

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Orders over $40 will receive a free tutorial bundle sent to you via email that includes 15 exclusive project tutorials.  And for the month of February I have an anniversary special for orders over $50 – I celebrated my 15 year anniversary on Feb 3rd.  And don’t miss out on Sale-A-Bration that ends on Sunday, Feb. 28th!  

 

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It’s Been 15 Years!

I am celebrating my fifteenth year anniversary with Stampin’ Up! today – February 3, 2021! 

Happy 15th Stampiversary!

It’s hard to believe it’s been that long but I’ve loved every minute of it. The traditional 15-anniversary gift is crystal and I would love to give a gift of “crystal” in the form of Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets to you this month.  Place a minimum $50 order on my website (monika.stampinup.net) during the month of February 2021 using the host code N74CMKUS.. You will earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item (be sure to redeem that on your order), a tutorial bundle with 15 amazing tutorials and a free pack of the Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets ($9 value).  I will mail your gift to you in March. 

It’s my Stampiversary and I want to celebrate with you.  I found some photos from 2006 at my very first convention with Stampin’ Up! When I started I  didn’t really know anyone and traveled alone to Utah and walked into the hotel room to meet my room mate – Michele from Iowa – we are still friends today!  A very exciting part of the event was meeting Shelli Gardner the co-founder of Stampin’ Up! and CEO at that time.  Now her daughter Sara is the CEO.  over these 15 years I have met 100s of friends (maybe more like 1000+) from all over the world and these women are so amazing and creative!  It’s been an amazing journey and I’m so excited to continue for another 15 years (goodness knows how old I will be then!)

February Tutorial Bundle

The February Tutorial bundle includes 15 amazing tutorials – one from myself and the other 14 from demonstrator friends of mine.  We all created a fun project for you from the new Jan-Jun Mini Catalog.  If you are a member of my PAWS team the tutorial will be shared on our private group page and for anyone else just place an order with me this month of $40 or more.  But if your order is $50 or more you also earn a free SAB item and my “crystal” gift mentioned above.  Here is a sneak peek of the tutorial bundle just to tease you:

 

If you have every thought about joining Stampin’ Up! and being part of a creative and fun community I’d love to have you join my team – the PAWS Team.  Build a Starter Kit by choosing $125 of products for just $99.  Join during Sale-a-Bration and you get a FREE, exclusive gift from the upcoming catalog – an assortment of 6″ x 6″ stacks of our newest Designer Series Paper.  Business Supplies and free shipping are included.  Talk to me today and join the PAWS team and the Stampin’ Up! family – we would love to have you.  Join Today!

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