Paper Pumpkin Blog Hop – My Wonderful Family

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 – My Wonderful Family. It has a beautiful stamp sets and some fun fold cards.

Honor and celebrate YOUR wonderful family with the My Wonderful Family Paper Pumpkin Kit! During this time when so many of us are unable to physically be with our families, sending them our love has never been more important. In April’s thoughtful kit, you’ll find dainty die cuts of lovely leaves, bright butterflies, bluebirds, and other springtime staples you can use to decorate the coordinating tri-fold cards and envelopes. When combined with sentimental stamped phrases and small accents and embellishments, these simply beautiful cards are sure to add a little sunshine to your loved ones’ days.

I my first idea was to create a framed piece with a family photo.  And let me say I LOVE how this turned out.  It will be on the mantel in the family room.  This virus has totally cancelled all our travel plans and that means we won’t get to see our boys in person.  Today we should be in Korea visiting our middle son who moved there last September.  But our trip was cancelled.  I’m not sure when we will actually get to see him in person.  And then on Tuesday we found out that Stampin’ Up! was moving our incentive trip to Hawaii that was slated for July and included a side trip to visit our oldest son who lives in Seattle.  So not sure when we will see him either.  But this project makes me happy.

Family Frame

I used the tree card and cut it apart to create the framed piece.  The frame is 5×7 and I added a piece of Early Espresso card stock in the background. The dark green strip from the card was cut in half so that it would extend across the entire bottom of the framed piece.  The rest of the elements are from the kit.  I added a photo of our family – it’s old and fortunately my top matches!

Supply List

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

  • Card stock – Early Espresso
  • frame
  • photo

Here for you Card

My next project is just a quick card mainly using the stamp set and some of the extra elements from the kit.  I’ve read comments that some people didn’t need cards for family so I thought this one was perfect for anyone.  The leaves on the tree are stamped multiple times both full strength and stamped off.  The grass is just the edge of the leaves stamped over and over to look like the ground.  To create the yellow twine I used Whisper White Baker’s Twine and colored it with a So Saffron Dark Stampin’ Blends marker. 

Supply List

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

  • Card stock – So Saffron, Whisper White
  • Ink – Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron
  • Whisper White Baker’s Twine
  • So Saffron Dark Stampin’ Blends

I hope you liked these alternate ideas 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. Everything worked correctly last month – so I’m crossing my fingers that it will work again this time. 

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

Well Paper Pumpkin set a record and has actually sold out of the subscriptions for the May kit.  If you join now your first kit will be June 2020.  But here is a look at the May kit – it’s going to be a fun one.  If you have a subscription already verify that your address, and credit card information are both current so you don’t miss out.  Sign up by the 10th – go here

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Alaska Ordering Special

It’s time!
After a hard years work in 2016-2017 it is finally time for the Alaska Incentive Trip.
I want to thank you all for your support of my Stampin’ Up! business.
Everyone helped me achieve this amazing trip.
Thank you to Stampin’ Up! for the opportunities you have given me.  I have met so many amazing people and have had the opportunity to visit amazing places.  This trip my boys are joining us and I’m so excited for us all to be together. And Greg & I will get to celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary while we are on the ship!

While I’m away I have an online ordering special from July 19 – July 30, 2018.
I’m still working hard to earn the trip for next summer – a cruise to Greece in 2019.

All online orders receive a hand-stamped card in the mail.
Orders $30 or more (before S&T) will receive a gift of the Basic Pearls.
Orders of $60 or more (before S&T) will also receive a gift of my favorite Linen Thread.
Gifts will be mailed to you after August 15th.
You must use the hostess code for July and
complete your online order by July 30th.


Be sure to register for upcoming classes – just click on Registration under the Events tab.

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Enjoy these puppy treats

Last weekend we went up to visit my son Ryan at school in Indiana.  We stayed over night at his girlfriends parents house.  I made a gift basket for them – I brought them a variety of things from Georgia.  And I also made a sweet little treat for the dog!  An 8 month old puppy.


I had a clear box from an earlier catalog – I believe they were 3×3 clear boxes.  I filled the box with milkbones.  Currently we have Tiny treat boxes that are clear – you could use those for cat treats or mini bones – or use the Acetate Boxes in the Holiday catalog and fill one of those with milk bones.

I used the Smoky Slate Gingham Ribbon to tie around the box and added a tag.  The tag is Basic Gray card stock cut with the Layering Squares – one of the scallop squares.  And a piece of Watercolor Paper.  Stamp the dog from Bella & Friends and watercolor.  Here is a picture of Cooper – isn’t he cute!  He even looks like the little dog on the tag.  And that’s Emily – Ryan’s girlfriend.





The New Classroom is Ready

I think its been well over a year since we decided to turn the old office in our house into a Stamping Classroom.  It’s a slow process when you do it yourself and your husband has a full time job, wants to play golf every weekend, and decides to redo the basement and get a hip replacement too.  But now finally it is done!

I tried to find a photo when we still had furniture and stuff in there but didn’t come across one yet.  Maybe I’ll find it another time.  But to give you an idea this was the room before – just empty.


It was the old office and had a big desk in it at one point.  When I worked full time I used that as my home office on the days I stayed home. The built in cabinets were a project that Greg and his dad did when we first moved into the house (over 20 years ago).  It was Greg’s first real building project.  His dad taught him well.


The cabinets came down and we found this smiley face behind them – and a lot of holes in the wall.  We totally forgot the smiley was back there.  Our boys were very little when those were put up.  Greg painted that and they all “helped” build the room.


Everything is down.  Now it took some time to patch up all the holes, paint all the walls and the ceiling, remove the carpet, add the tile floor, fix all the trim, etc.

And this is what it turned into….


The walls are painted So Saffron.  We added a tile floor in a herring bone pattern.  The white tables and chairs are from Ikea and so are the gray carts and the white dresser.  The revolving bookcase is from Pottery Barn.


Here I have the room set up for my Stamper’s Club.  They were the first ones to see and use the room.  Each cart has catalogs, order forms, and pens in the bottom.  Some tools in the center – cleaner, pop up trashcan, stamping pad, I also added bins with clear blocks.  The top has the supplies for the project at that table.


This past weekend I had my team meeting in here.  We talked business and then stamped.  A few of the girls stayed for a few hours in the afternoon and we worked on some kits and paper pumpkin boxes.  Aspen likes to be right in the middle of everything.

My class schedule is on my website – CLICK HERE.  I hope you will join me sometime in my new classroom!

Thanks for visiting.




More on Alaska – Talkeetna & Anchorage

Now for some more about our Alaska trip.  Day 3 started with the helicopter ride to the glacier that I wrote about last time.  Afterwards we went back into the little town near Denali park to meet up with our bus and the rest of the group in our tour.  They actually had to rearrange the schedule for the day so that we could take the helicopter excursion – we left later than planned due to the weather in the morning.  I’m glad they didn’t leave our little group behind.

We got a quick bite of lunch and then the bus took us to the town of Talkeetna.  The town is very small and the buses can’t drive through it so they stop at the edge where the train stops and let everyone out.  Then you walk into town.

2014 08 27 104Three rivers meet in Talkeetna – the Susitna, Chulitna and Talkeetna.  People come to the town in the summer for fishing, rafting and as a base camp for expeditions on Mt. McKinley.

2014 08 27 106The tiny town doesn’t have a real mayor but they do have an honorary mayor – its a cat named Stubbs.  We didn’t actually get to see him – but I did look in the general store where he is supposed to be.  I found this picture of him though.

Mayor_StubbsWe walked around town – luckily the rain stopped for us.  Strolled through some of the shops and the bakery and made a stop in the Brewery – Greg got some Raspberry Wheat beer and I got Salmon dip.

breweryOur group boarded the bus and drove to Anchorage where we stayed the night.  Since the skies were clearing we were able to see the Chugach Mountains.

2014 08 27 110Along the highway they have signs for how many moose have been killed on the highway. Over 100 moose each year are killed by cars.  Anchorage is the most populous city in Alaska and has about 40% of the states’ population.

Greg and I took a walk down to the park at Cook’s inlet.

2014 08 27 1202014 08 27 118We also found this statue of a whale while we were walking through the city.

2014 08 27 121I’ll have more later about the rest of our trip.


Alaska Day 3 – videos from the Helicopter flight and Glacier landing

I have uploaded two videos from our helicopter flight to the glacier.

The first is after we landed on the glacier.  I walked out away from everyone and tried to do a 360 degree turn all the way around to show where we were.  The pilot is speaking in the background to the rest of the group.

The second video is when we take off from the glacier and then fly back out through the mountains.

I’ll be back with more about Alaska and also some stamping projects coming soon too!

Thanks for checking in with me.