Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop – No Matter the Weather

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 – March 2020 – No Matter the Weather.  It’s our special 7th anniversary box with an extra free stamp set.

This kit seemed to be perfectly timed for what is happening in the world right now.  Not only is it a kit that came shipped direct to your house to provide a creative break, but the little cards and words seem to be just what we need right now.  Perfect as is for sending out to your family and friends.

I have just a couple of ideas to share today.  One is a note card and the other a tissue holder.  And make sure to watch the Paper Pumpkin FB Live from Stampin’ Up! – it’s slotted for April 1st on the Paper Pumpkin Facebook Page.

Brighter Days Note Card

The lined envelopes from the kit are so cute but they also make fun layers for a card.  I used one of them here and cut it with the Stitched So Sweetly dies to create a scalloped stitched layer for my note card.  To finish the card use some of the elements from the kit – the boots, circle, twine, and epoxy dots.   The free stamp set includes a stamp with boots and “filler” for the boots so I pulled out Calypso Coral ink to stamp matching boots on my envelope.  

Supply List

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

  • Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes
  • Stitched So Sweetly Dies
  • Calypso Coral ink pad

 

Brighter Days Tissue Holder

Since I used the envelope for my other card I was left with an extra card base.  I decided to turn it into a tissue holder by adding some score lines.  Right now a personal tissue pack seems to be something everyone needs.  For mine I scored it at 2 inches from the center fold to make the front of the packet, then 1″ for each side, and the back panel is also 2″.  Fold over the overlapping ends and glue. Then I just decorated with some kit elements.  I love the little epoxy rain drops – so cute!  This is just a quick alternate idea for you.

Supply List

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

  • Simply Scored Scoring Tool

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 April kit is all about family.  And during these uncertain times we may be really needing to connect with family that we can’t physically see.  Sign up by the 10th – go here

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Peaceful Poppies Retreat Cards

At the end of February I held my Spring Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat.  It was an amazing weekend full of crafting with a wonderful group of ladies.  The theme for the retreat was Peaceful Poppies – it is one of my favorite suites out of the Mini Catalog.  Pretty paper and some beautiful stamp sets and coordinating dies.  I wanted to share a couple of the cards we made.  I showed how to make these two cards and all our projects and pillow gifts from our retreat in a Facebook Live earlier this week – you can view that here if you would like.

This was our weekend gang!  Normally we try to get a group photo outside but we had a lot of rain that weekend and even some snow flurries! It was a cold rainy weekend of fun. So our photo is in the basement craft area – everyone crowded around my table.

Thank You Card

This is one of the cards that we made at the retreat.  Background stamping in tone on tone colors and a fun frame made out of the two label dies.  I used Stampin’ Blends to color the flower.  The yellow pops out against the Poppy Parade.

Supply List

  • Peaceful Moments Bundle (Peaceful Moments stamp set + Poppy Moments dies)
  • Painted Poppies Bundle (Painted Poppies stamp set + Painted Labels dies)
  • Thick Whisper White card stock
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Poppy Parade card stock
  • Mossy Meadow card stock
  • Basic Black card stock
  • Poppy Parade ink
  • Memento Black ink
  • Stampin’ Blends: Daffodil Delight Combo
  • Linen Thread
  • Basic Rhinestones

Happy Birthday Card

Here is one of the cards that we made. It uses the Peaceful Poppies Designer Series paper for a base layer, and the small layer and for the base of the flower.  The peek-thru die cut flowers in each corner of the white layer.  For the label that I stamped Happy Birthday on I used a trick to make it smaller – cut the label once, then reposition the die on it to create a shorter label.  You can see how if you watch my video.

Supply List

  • Peaceful Moments Bundle (Peaceful Moments stamp set + Poppy Moments dies)
  • Painted Poppies Bundle (Painted Poppies stamp set + Painted Labels dies)
  • Painted Poppies Designer Series Paper
  • Thick Whisper White card stock
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Poppy Parade card stock
  • Mossy Meadow card stock
  • Basic Black card stock
  • Mossy Meadow ink
  • Memento Black ink
  • Linen Thread
  • Basic Rhinestones

We had a whole bunch of projects that we made including two home decor projects.  Some sweet pillow gifts.  Yummy snacks and food.  And a tons of fun.  I can’t wait to host another one in the fall.

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Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop – Lovely Day

Hello Stampin’ 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 – February 2020 Lovely Day.

This fun and elegant celebration kit is our first one ever to coordinate with a Sale-A-Bration item from the biggest Stampin’ Up! Promotion of the year.  The February 2020 Lovely Day Paper Pumpkin kit was designed to coordinate with the Happy Birthday to You stamp set.  You can redeem this set for Free with a qualify order during Sale-A-Bration.  Place a $50+ order and pick up some coordinating card stock, dies or adhesive and get the Happy Birthday to You set for Free to create even more ideas with this kit.  

 

Candle Celebration

I took a very different twist for my alternate idea.  Using the stamp image of the cake layers I turned them on their side to make candles. Color each stripe with a different color by using Stampin’ Write Markers.  The colors I used are – Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, and Gorgeous Grape.  Its my ROYGBIV rainbow of colors – but you could choose whatever color suits your theme. To create the flame just tap down the brush tip on the Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Marker.  Use the Basic Black Stampin’ Write Maker to outline all the candles and add doodle designs on each one.

The Celebrate image was stamped over and over again on a panel of Whisper White card stock to create a background.  And Birthday Wishes was stamped on a strip of Daffodil Delight and just cut out.  I finished the card by adding some of the Peaceful Poppies Sequins. Really I added these to cover up a spot that I accidentally made on the card! 

Supply List

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

  • Card stock – Thick Whisper White, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight scrap
  • Stampin’ Write Markers – Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apply Green, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Gorgeous Grape, Basic Black
  • Black Memento Ink
  • Daffodil Delight ink (or use the marker)
  • Peaceful Poppies Sequins
  • Stitched So Sweetly dies
  • Paper Snips

I’ll be doing a a Facebook Live showing this card along with a couple of other alternate ideas next week.  I hope you like this out of the box take on this kit – well the stamp set is really all I used. Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

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In March we celebrate 7 YEARS of Paper Pumpkin!  Every kit will have an extra FREE stamp set in it – that’s two stamp sets next month.  Sign up by the 10th – go here

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The 12 Cards of Christmas – Card 2

Remember in January I had a plan to design and make a Christmas card each month for the whole year.  It’s my plan to get ahead on Christmas cards for December.  If you want to read more or see card 1 – go here.  I’ve got two months done. So I wanted to share my February card with you. 

This card idea is actually from a swap card that I created using the Thoughtful Blooms stamp set that is part of our Sale-A-Bration promotion.  I created a thank you card that has been very well loved, so I thought I can turn that idea into a Christmas card by changing up the colors.  And adding a different set for the sentiment.  Everything I used on this card is current – so if you don’t have it you can order it and make this card too.  I gathered up all my supplies, worked on all my pieces, and then sat and assembled everything – including stamping the inside of the card and a matching envelope. 

How I made it

The card base is Early Espresso with a white layer that was cut with the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  I stamped the stem/leaf image in Mossy Meadow ink.  And then added flowers and berries in Merry Merlot.  I used the Small Bloom punch to punch out flowers from Merry Merlot card stock and stacked two together to make a flower.  To give the flower some curvature I like to put it on a Stampin’ Pierce mat and burnish the center with a stylus from the Take Your Pick tool – just roll it around in the center of each flower until they start to curl. 

Under the flower is a vellum circle – punched with the 1-1/4″ Circle Punch.  And in the center of the flower is a Basic Rhinestone.  To finish I tied a little bow with some Mossy Meadow twine from the Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo Pack.  Celebrate the Season is from the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set that carried over from the Holiday catalog. You can order all the products that I used for this card in my online store – the supply list is below.

 

Supply List

  • #152290 Thoughtful Blooms stamp set (free with a $50 order during Sale-A-Bration 2020)
  • #152316 Small Bloom Punch (free with a $100 order during Sale-A-Bration 2020 – and it may also be available in the 20-21 Annual catalog)
  • #150513 Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set
  • #151690 Stitched So Sweetly Dies
  • #143720 2-1/4″ Circle Punch
  • #119686 Early Espresso card stock
  • #100730 Whisper White card stock
  • #146979 Merry Merlot card stock
  • #101856 Vellum card stock
  • #107301 Medium Whisper White envelopes
  • #147111 Mossy Meadow classic ink
  • #147112 Merry Merlot classic ink
  • #147114 Early Espresso classic ink
  • #149485 Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo Pack
  • #144220 Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • #126199 Stampin’ Pierce Mat
  • #144107 Take Your Pick Tool
  • #104332 Snail Adhesive
  • #103683 Mini Glue Dots
  • #104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • #144108 Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals

 

You could get everything on this list and it would be enough to get the stamp set and punch for free with your Sale-A-Bration rewards and earn Stampin’ Rewards (more free product).  Or if you have the basics like ink, card stock and adhesive then get the stamp set for free and use another stamp or die to create a flower.  I hope you like Card 2 of the 12 Cards of Christmas Challenge.  Next to plan my March card.  

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Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop – I’ll Bee Yours

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 – I’ll Bee Yours. A fun Love filled kit that can be used for Valentine’s Day or other Love filled celebrations.  I plan to use mine for a monthly gathering with some of my neighbors in February.  I plan to focus on friendship.  But I’ve also been creating some cards with the contents of the kit.  And that is what I’ll be sharing with you today.

This month the Paper Pumpkin kit was filled with mini treat bags and mini cards – perfect for little treats for someone special.  I am using a portion of mine for table treats when I have my neighbors over but the rest I’m using to make cards that I can mail out. 

I made several different cards with this kit.  One was actually featured in the Paper Pumpkin FB page blog post this month.  That was exciting!  But here are a couple of other ideas that I came up with.

Valentine’s Card Alternate

For this card I wanted to use the little treat bag with the embossed flowers as a layer on my card.  So I decided to cut open each side of the bag so I could open it up flat and cut out the flower design that wraps around from front to back.  I used the Stitched So Sweetly dies to cut out the cute stitched scallop rectangle.  To match the Highland Heather Heart that I planned to use, I cut the larger scallop rectangle out of Highland Heather card stock.  I glue these together.  To cover up the fold from the bottom of the bag, use the Whisper White Baker’s Twine from the kit and wrap around and tie in a knot.  The tag was shortened and stamped with Happy Valentine’s Day and then tie the bow.  Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to add the heart over the twine.  Put the whole piece on a Whisper White card base. 

Supply List

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

  • Card stock – Thick Whisper White, Highland Heather
  • Stitched So Sweetly Dies

 

Money Holder Card Alternate

For this second idea, I used the little mini card and envelope.  To make a slightly larger card, I pulled out one of the Whisper White Note cards & envelopes.  From my Paper Pumpkin Kit I took the mini card and cut off the front.  I stamped the large floral background in the center and then add the scallop border on all four sides.  In order to keep the square shape of the card I trimmed the note card down to be a 3-1/2″ square – it will still fit in the same envelope.  This allowed me to glue the mini envelope from the kit to the inside of the card – and that is where you can add some money or another little surprise.  It’s a little too small for a gift card, but as another option leave the note card regular size and attach the envelope so the flap stays open and just creates a pocket – then you could use it for a gift card.

Supply List

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

  • Whisper White Note Card & Envelope
  • Trimmer

 

Thank You Card

Here is a look at the card from the Paper Pumpkin post.  For this one I used the Heart Pack Punch that coordinates with this month’s kit.  You can find the punch pack in the Jan-June Mini Catalog.  I punched the front and back of one of the Mini cards.  I positioned a smaller die-cut heart over the words on the stamped heart so that I could make this a thank you card.  The little flowers are stamped multiple times from one inking to give different shades of color. 

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 February the Paper Pumpkin kit is going to coordinate with the Happy Birthday to You stamp set that is part of the Sale-A-Bration Promotion.  You can earn that stamp set free.  Here is one way to do it.  On Feb. 4th (our new Coordination Product offering starts that day) order a 1-month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin Subscription Code and the Birthday Dies (these also coordinate with the Happy Birthday to You stamp set) and one other small item – like Baker’s Twine or Stampin’ Dimensionals – that will get you over the $50 you need to get the Happy Birthday stamp set free. Then Sign up for Paper Pumpkin and redeem your Prepaid Code by the 10th – go here.  If you are already a subscriber you just need to add the Prepaid Code and it will use that.  Then once everything arrives in February you will have a whole bunch of coordinated products to make some Lovely cards for birthdays and celebrations.

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Honey Bee Stampin’ Bingo

This past weekend I hosted a Honey Bee themed Stampin’ Bingo Event.  I was joined by 24 lovely ladies for a fun afternoon of stamping and bingo.  We had lots of different prizes, some cute make&takes, yummy snacks and fun catching up with old and new friends. On Monday I did a Facebook Live on my business page and showed how to make all the cards – you can watch that here – https://www.facebook.com/AtMonikasPlace/videos/2597103517176085/

If you haven’t liked my Facebook Business page yet – please hop over and do that and then be sure to catch me every Monday for a Live Stamping session.  I would love to have you join me.  Or you can go back and watch the replay later.  Now on to the projects I wanted to share. First here are some photos of the room and the set up on Sunday.

 

Everyone received a goody bag with some of the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper, a roll of Whisper White Seam Binding Ribbon, a Mango Melody Dark Stampin’ Blends, a sponge dauber, and dimensionals.  Plus the supplies to make the 4 cards.

Supply List download it here  – Honey Bee bingo 2020 supplies

I had some fun snacks for everyone – I found little lemon cakes that looked like bee hives and then bought sugar bees and “glued” them on with icing.  My friend Hilary made cookies and decorated them with bees, flowers, and honeycombs.  Everything was yummy!

As a thank you everyone received honey sticks with a mini honey dipper.

Congratulations to everyone that won a prize!

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