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

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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. 

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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Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop Sending Hearts

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 called Sending Hearts and it’s about sending love for Valentine’s or any time at all.  Some sweet card come in the kit and you can purchase an add-on if you want to make treat boxes too.  Or check out my alternates for a way to turn your cards into treat holders.

This kit comes with supplies to make 8 cards plus the stamp set, ink spot and a roll of ribbon (that was a fun surprise I thought).  This year Paper Pumpkin had cards in the kit with an add on option to create treats.  I think last year it was the other way around.  But not everyone needs treats so the main kit is cards.

I have two ideas for you today – well three actually – two with the kit and one with the add-on. 

Snail Mail card

This first idea is just an alternate card that I want to make and include the cute Snail Mail Designer Series Paper from the mini catalog.  I also wanted to take each printed card base and cut it into two pieces to create 2 cards.  So I added card stock, the designer paper, and I used Stampin’ Blends for coloring.  The tiny epoxy heart from the kit was colored with a Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blends to make it red instead of pink.

Supply List

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

  • Card stock – Smoky Slate, Basic White
  • Snail Mail Designer Series Paper
  • Memento Black ink
  • Stampin’ Blends – Smoky Slate combo, Bermuda Bay light, Pool Party dark, Poppy Parade dark

 

Snail Triangle Treat

My second idea was to take the card and cut it in half to create treat holders.  The existing score line is at 4-1/4″, so I added two more score lines half way – 2-1/8″.  Then folded them up to create a triangle treat holder.  Each original card would make two treats. Stamp the hearts and flowers in the background, stamp and color the snail and cut him out.  I added ribbon and some of the epoxy shapes that I colored to make them red.  To secure the candy inside use some glue dots – my candy is a small york peppermint patty.  Yum!

Supply List

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

  • Card stock – Basic White
  • Memento Black ink
  • Stampin’ Blends – Pool Party combo, Poppy Parade combo

 

Little Love Boxes

This bonus project uses the Little Love Boxes add-on.  I didn’t actually use the Paper Pumpkin kit because I got the add-on first and wanted to make something quick.  I used ribbon and a stamp set from my stash.  If you turn over the little labels you can use the white side instead of the pink.  The Add-on comes with the tiny boxes, the snail die cuts and the label die cuts.  These are still available to order with a regular Stampin’ Up! order. 

Supply List

These are the supplies for this project (I didn’t use the regular Paper Pumpkin kit but you could use those stamps instead):

  • Card stock – Basic White
  • Real Red Ink
  • Lovely You stamp set (or use the set that came in the Paper Pumpkin kit)
  • Playful Pets Trim Combo Pack

 

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. 

The February kit is called a Bouquet of Hope – see a sneak peek below.  Sign up by the 10th – go here

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Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop – Beary Comforting

Hello my friends I hope you and your families are healthy and that you had a wonderful Christmas.  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 – Beary Comforting.  I wish you a safe and happy new year – thanks for visiting me on this monthly blog hop!

This kit was sweet and full of supplies to send a big bear hug to someone special.  It includes 12 cards – 3 different designs. 

For my idea I wanted to take all the supplies for one set of cards and create double the number of cards.  So each card base was cut into two 4″ x 5-1/4″ panels, each of the circle and rectangle elements were cut in half and I divided up the animals, the fun image pieces and the labels.  I added Basic Gray card bases and used ink out of my stash for the stamping and Stampin’ Blends for some coloring. 

Double Take Cards

I turned each card into to two cards.  With a few supplies from your craft room you can double the amount of cards from this kit very easily.  For the bear card I stamped a second bear on Whisper White card stock and colored him with Stampin’ Blends and cut him out.  The background of the Soft Seafoam panel was stamped multiple times with Basic Gray ink.  I kept the basic layout of the card exactly the same. 

For the Koala cards cut the two of them apart so they can each be on one of the cards.  Both the circle and the long label were cut in half also.  On the plain Calypso Coral panel I stamped the leaf image in Calypso Coral ink.  These make sweet birthday cards – one holding the gift and one the cupcake.

Finally the little racoon and the flowers were used on the third pair of cards.  The flower stamp was used to cover the background on the Rich Razzleberry piece using the same color ink.  For these cards I decided to add a little piece of gold twine to each element.  Easy and sweet and ready to send to a friend.

Supply List

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

  • Card stock – Basic Gray, Whisper White
  • Ink – Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry (ink spot in the kit)
  • Stampin’ Blends – Cinnamon Cider, Petal Pink, Ivory
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Paper Snips
  • Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack (that’s where the gold twine comes from)

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 January we have a special kit for sending cards to those you love PLUS an add on that you can purchase separately if you want to create Valentine treat boxes from your kit.  Sign up by the 10th to receive the January Sending Hearts Kit  – go here

And you can begin ordering the Add-on kit January 1st as part of your regular Stampin’ Up! product order. The Little Love Boxes Add-on will be available beginning Jan. 1st while supplies last – Item number: 156842, Price: $8.

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