Happy Halloween from Paper Pumpkin


Here is my second variation of a Halloween card made with “leftovers” from this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit.  I made six goodie bags, and then used the remaining tags to make six cards (three like above, and three like the previous design).  If you missed the first card, view it here.  The tag pieces gave me an easy focal piece to build around.


I made my own “Designer Series Paper” by stamping the raven image from the included stamps onto Tangelo Twist cardstock.  The tree sticker and twine were included in the kit.


This is just another version of the same card, using the included skull stamp.  I did try tiny Rhinestone Basic Jewels in the eyes of a skull, but it made it look happy, so I pulled them off.  I was definitely going for creepy, rather than cute, with this particular card.

Things to know

Substitutions – If you don’t have Memento ink, there are a ton of stickers included in the kit with the raven, skull, bat and tree.  I just like stamping, so that was my preference.

You say Tomato…  – Tangelo Twist ink is included in the kit, and matches the “orange” in the provided pieces.  I just chose to stamp the sentiment in Tangerine Tango, because I wanted a brighter color.  The previous card was stamped in Tangelo Twist, so you can see the difference.

It’s not what you think – The photo looks like the card frame (On Film framelits) and sentiment piece are white, but they are actually Very Vanilla.  I used Basic Black cardstock to back the frame, and to get a grungier look, I sponged Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto the Very Vanilla pieces.

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Sea Street for PPA221 Sketch Challenge


When I saw the Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge 221, I immediately knew what stamp set and Designer Specialty Paper (DSP) I wanted to use.   I’ve been in love with this octopus from Sea Street since it was introduced, and every time I look at him, he makes me smile.


Here is the sketch by Nicole Watt that inspired my card.   I like this sketch because there is so much you can do with it, as you’ll see from the Gallery.   I saw cards where artists had even just snipped certain parts of DSP and put them in the squares, so this will be a great go-to sketch for everyone.


Cutting a circle into four equal parts isn’t easy, but I have a tip to help.  I measured my base piece, divided that measurement in half, and placed a strip of cardstock at the halfway line where I should rest my circle edge.


After the first cut was done, it was even easier to cut those two pieces in half, because I rested them with the flat edge against the top of my trimmer, and again, rested the edge against my cardstock that indicated the half way mark.


Now, the fact that I didn’t line up Mr. Octopus perfectly on my circle mat is another issue, but really, isn’t an octopus squishy anyway?  Whose to say that my octopus didn’t look lopsided when I spied him through my submarine porthole!  He is adorable regardless.


I originally thought I’d just make a square version, but I do like the round version better for this card.  I think if I’d backed the Real Red DSP square of the octopus in white, so the candy dots stood out better, it would have been an almost even match.

Please don’t ask what type of knot I used.  I just purposely tied something that looked lumpy and nautical.  I untwisted the ends of the Whisper White Thick Baker’s Twine (only available in the Tag A Bag Accessory Kit) to make them look tattered.  The card colors are Coastal Cabana, Real Red and Night of Navy.

Things to know:

Even though the coordinating color for the DSP is Coastal Cabana, I used Pool Party Stampin’ Emboss Powder, because it ends up looking like it matches, as long as it isn’t right next to Coastal Cabana.

The Whisper White octopus background is color washed in Coastal Cabana, using an Aqua Painter.   You really need to use a high quality cardstock like Stampin’ Up!’s Whisper White, or you wont be able to spread the ink nicely.  Ask me how I know.

I used the sentiment from Hello Love, a Hostess only set (only a hostess can purchase the set, and it is a discounted price).  Hostesses earn free and discounted products with a qualifying workshop.  Let me know if you’d like to host a workshop for me!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll come back!  To view my class list or purchase anything you have seen here, go to Stampin’ Bon.

So Sorry For Your Loss – and my mistakes!


Updated, thanks to Deb Cozzone – only one set retired (like one isnt’ bad enough):  I don’t know what it was about Monday, but I was having nothing but trouble.  Trouble designing what I wanted, trouble stamping, trouble inking a pad, and apparently, trouble choosing a current stamp set (which I only found out once I needed to look up product numbers).


Problem #1 –  when I stamped the image from the Thoughts & Prayers set (sorry, retired, keep reading) in Rich Razzleberry, I had a smudge of ink on the stem edge of the rubber.   Hmmph.  Can’t stand wasting paper, so I knew I’d have to cover that up.  Then, to make matters worse, as I was doing other things, I got a dot of something to the right of the stem, and then when I stamped my sentiment from So Sorry (you can get this one for My Digital Studio #133013), but no longer as a stamp), I got another smudge.  So, at this point, I’m thinking I need to start over.


Problem #2 – So I started over and this happened.  I got a beautifully clean floral image, and botched the upper sentiment.  Ugh.  Now I had no choice.  Being the person I am, I couldn’t waste two pieces of paper, so I was determined to make them both work.  I know, non sequitur, but that’s just me.


Solution #1 – I stamped the bottom sentiment on Rich Razzleberry in a “gray” ink (I’ll explain that in a minute) and die cut it with the Snowflake Card Thinlets die (you could hand cut it, too), then popped it on top of my mistake.   One problem solved, and I liked it better that way.  Awesome!  Then I lightly sponged a “base” around the floral stem to cover those two boo boos.  The Brights Background Designer Series Paper (DSP) is Rich Razzleberry.


Solution #2 – I stamped the top sentiment as I did the bottom one, and fussy cut it.  I didn’t like this quite as much, but it does cover the bad ink job.

Problem #3 – For my sentiments, I thought I picked up the Smokey Slate ink pad to test, and when I stamped in it, it was very dry, so I took my Stampin’ Ink refill in Smokey Slate and replenished the ink pad…the Basic Grey ink pad.   😦    Ok, At some point you just need to live with things, so to replicate this card, I suggest using Basic Grey Ink, as I preferred that for the card base anyway.  It will be slightly darker than what you see, but I know you creative folks will forgive me.

Problem #4 – Oops, one of the stamp sets I chose is retired.  Even though I have carefully been separating and selling retired sets, I tend to hang onto religious ones I like when they retire, because not a lot are made.  Well, now I know I need to put a big dot on them, because that just isn’t fair to you.

But I have a solution…

Solution #3 -For the sentiments, use Petite Pairs, ” sending sympathy and prayers…” on the top and “…to heal your heart.” on the bottom.  By the way, Petite Pairs will be on sale, along with some other sets for 20% off, Oct. 1st – 6th.

The cards are going in the mail to my dear friend Robin, and to her lovely daughter Haley, who recently lost their Cockatiel they have had since Haley was very young (Haley’s in college now).   I picked the colors of the yellow (Color Me Autumn DSP) and gray (Confetti Celebration DSP) to represent Kramer, since his coloring was a mix of white, yellows and gray, and a pretty orange cheek.  I did try coloring our bird stamp directly, but just couldn’t get the effect, so I went with the punch art, and I think they will appreciate it as is.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll forgive me and come back!  To view my class list or purchase anything current you have seen here, go to Stampin’ Bon.

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Halloween card with Paper Pumpkin


Here’s a fun card I made using a leftover piece from this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit, and the included stamps.  Besides the complete materials for the projects in the kit, Stampin’ Up! always provides extra pieces to do your own thing.


Here is a quick view of this month’s kit.


Here is a close up of the goodie bags.


I used a leftover oval tag and stamped it with Tangelo Twist (included in the kit) and Tuxedo Black Memento Ink with the included stamps.  I popped it on top of my card with Dimensionals.

P1020092Inside, I just added a small piece of Very Vanilla for signing, and stamped it in Tangelo Twist with the included stamp.

Dimensional Support – Designer Series Paper is thinner than cardstock, so besides using Dimensionals in the corners, I also placed one in the center and one along the middle of each side.

Go easy on yourself – I adhered a transfer adhesive sheet to Basic Black cardstock before die cutting the Stripe Scallop piece.  That way, I wouldn’t have to apply adhesive to the thin scallps by hand.   If you don’t have the sheets, then use Tombow liquid and just dab in various spots around the edges of the die cut.  It doesn’t have to go everywhere.  Save the punch out pieces of the die for a reverse effect or use for a roof design.

Memento Vs StazOn – When stamping black images, I prefer to use Memento for a nice solid image, especially on the new Photopolymer stamps.  StazOn tends to stick to the polymer stamps, but if you do any water coloring, you must use StazOn.  For anything else, you can use Memento.

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White Christmas Watercolor


Stampin’ Up!’s White Christmas set is so much fun, giving you a variety of choices to use with the tree setting.  It can be secular or sacred, depending on the images you choose.


I used Stampin’ Up!’s Watercolor Paper with Aqua Painters and Stampin’ Ink Refills to color my images, after I had stamped and embossed them.  Since it is a watercolor image, you aren’t looking for complete coverage.  It actually looks better with white showing through (unless you are close up – ahem).

Coloring Tip – to make your water coloring dry faster, use rubbing alcohol instead of water, or a combination of both, if you are worried about the wash drying too fast.  Water gives you more blending time.

Adding No Fuss Glimmer  – Use the Two Way Glue Pen wherever you want some “see through” sparkles and shake on Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter.    It’s quick and easy, plus it doesn’t cover your design, it just enhances it.  I also added a punched a star in our Silver Glimmer paper, for a solid glimmer design.

Back it up – if your watercolor piece gets very wet, it will warp (like mine).  Where I neatly glued the water color to a hidden mat, it stayed nicely flat, but I did miss a spot near the top, so just make sure you get complete adhesive coverage.  I cut a mat just slightly smaller than my water color paper, so it wouldn’t show.  I placed a piece of scrap paper over the top, and then a heavy book.  After everything was dry and set, I popped the image on top of the Wisteria Wonder card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Snowflake Card – changing things up


The Stampin’ Up! Snowflake Die Thinlet makes a beautiful card, and you can use it just as it cuts, but I wanted to share how you can manipulate the die to make two easy additions.


Flip Flap – I prefer a private area to write a note (because I have horrible hand writing, and it ruins the nice design of the card), so on our flip cards, I extend the card design to achieve a flap that covers the inside sentiment and my personal note.

P1020071To do this, cut cardstock 5 7/16″ X 8 1/2″.  Then slip the edge of the cardstock through the outside edge of the die, as shown above. Run the die through the Big Shot just like you always do.  You will end up with a slight crease where you should fold the card over and it fits right under the “flip” element.


This is how it looks with the extra piece folded up, with the “flip” open.


This is how it looks completely open.  I used the sentiment from Christmas Bliss.


To get a contrasting snowflake, cut a piece of coordinating cardstock about 3 1/2″ square and place it under the snowflake portion of the die.  I chose Soft Sky to complement the Lost Lagoon card.  Once you run it through the Big Shot, snip off the extra pieces that block some of your view of the edges, but be careful not to cut off the pieces that are not yet defined.


Make sure your die is face up for easier placement and turn your die cut piece 1/4″ turn and put back onto the die.  Run it through the Big Shot and you will have a snowflake piece to add to your card.

Bling Bling – I’m making up for Wednesday with extra bling on this card.  I stamped both snowflakes with the coordinating Letterpress stamp set in Encore Silver Metalic ink.  On the front snowflake, I used Iridescant Ice Stampin’ Emboss Powder, so I would have a glittery but flatter image, because I wanted to add Rhinestone Basic Jewels.  On the back, I set the ink with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder, so I’d have a lovely image to stand on it’s own.  I didn’t want Rhinestones inside, because they would put dents in the opposing side of the card.

No Fuss Design – I used  one of the smallest rolls from the All Is Calm Washi tape and pressed it to each side of the card, then trimmed the ends with Paper Snips.  Stampin’ Up!’s snips are great for getting a close cut and are easy to maneuver because of their precision size.  This added a touch of designer paper feel, without any work.

Keep it Simple – I didn’t want the whole card embossed, but I like the silver ink contrasting against the Lost Lagoon cardstock, so I heat set the the stamped images I didn’t want to emboss using the Heat Tool.  You can also just wait for the designs to dry, but in a humid climate like Georgia, that could be awhile.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you found some inspiration to change up your own dies.  To view my class list or purchase anything you have seen here, go to Stampin’ Bon.

Seasonally Scattered – Christmas Card for Hero Hugs


I make cards for Hero Hugs (Post here), and while I love to add bling and sparkles to my cards as a rule, I cannot do that with these cards.  They are going to deployed men and women in the military and no glitter is allowed.


This card looks great with some  Rhinestone Basic Jewels on a few of the flakes, but I compromised with Mini Brads.  They dress it up a little while still keeping our soldiers safe.

The Merry sentiment can certainly stand alone, but I like a complete thought, so I added the Christmas from the Watercolor Winter Too stamp set.  I finished it off with a stylized bow from the Cherry Cobbler Sheer Linen Ribbon in the holiday catalog, which matches the ink and cardstock.  This is a simple and pretty card you can make in large quantities in no time at all, and if you make it for non-military friends and family, use the Rhinestones.  You’ll love the effect!

I will be hosting a Hero Hugs event in Marietta, and will post details soon.  If you are in the area, and can come help make cards, I’d love to have you.  I keep the cards simple so any adult is able to make them look nice, and even if crafting isn’t your specialty, all the cards need a personal message, so you can come just write kind thoughts to our soldiers.

Thanks for stopping by.  Come back Wednesday for my take on the Snowflake Card made with the new Thinlet die in the holiday catalog.  To view my class list or purchase anything, go to Stampin’ Bon.

Just my Type – Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper

P1020062When most people think of background papers, they think of a completed design that just adds to a project, but with a special set like Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP), you can do more, including stamping directly on it, for a stunning effect.


I stamped the Swallowtail background stamp onto the Typeset  (DSP) in Island Indigo ink, and then coordinated the 1/4″ cotton ribbon and cardstock in the same color, adding Basic Black to round out the design.  Some light sponging on the edges of the Elegant and Bitty Butterfly punched images helps the DSP stand out.  I did the same with the Joy die cut from the Snowflake Card Thinlets.  The curvy banner behind Joy is from the Bitty Banners Framelits.


You can’t tell from the picture (I admit it, I’m a terrible photographer), but the picture above is an envelope sized box that is 1″ deep to hold a dimensional card (or a set of cards).  I used the Envelope Punch Board to make it, and the layers are die cut with the Labels Collection Framelits.  I threw some snips of Black Taffeta Ribbon on there just for fun.


This picture focuses in on another use of the Typeset DSP, a flower shape made with the 1 3/4″ Scallop punch.  I punched six pieces, wet them, wadded them up, and slightly flattened them out to dry.


After they dried, I inked the edges with VersaMark ink and embossed them in Basic Black Stampin’ Emboss powder.  That helped to crinkle them up more.


Next I stacked them, pierced the middle and used a brad to hold the pieces together, and then I started my “squishing” technique.

P1020053Just gather each layer and squish it up and into place, until all layers are bunched up into a lovely design.

P1020054I could have left this “as is”, but I wanted it to stand out more, so I put several drops of Island Indigo Ink Refill and rubbing alcohol into a Stampin’ Spritzer and spritzed my flower until it was the color intensity I liked.


Just for fun, I made an extra item so you could see the Typeset DSP used with the Spiral Flower Originals die.


It is a totally different look from one made with solid cardstock, and can appear vintage or contemporary, depending on the particular sheet of the Typeset you use, and the project you choose.

I hope this gave you some inspiration for uses of Stampin’ Up!’s versatile Typeset DSP.  I can’t wait to give this card and box to a friend who just published her second book.  I am sure she will get the connection.

Thanks for stopping by and come back Monday for more fun!

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Quick and Easy Cards with Tag Talk

Today I’m featuring another Stampin’ Up! set called Tag Talk which works for birthdays, baby showers, congratulations, wedding, and gift tags.  It’s a favorite set because it has three coordinating punches, (Label Bracket, 1″ round and 1″ square punches) and has so many uses.


Above and below are two cards made with the set, using the same layout, but focusing on different Designer Series Paper and cardstock.


I could have left the wedding card just as is, and it would be a very nice neutral card, even with the Rhinestone Basic Jewels I added, but I really wanted a bow.  And I usually get what I want, at least when it comes to crafting! P1020038

Let the Designer Series paper pick your colors – Stampin’ Up!’s paper coordinates with the cardstock, and the coordinating colors are listed on the packet as well as in the catalog.  The coordinating work is done for you.

  • For the baby card, I used Lullaby Designer Series paper, Hello Honey cardstock, ink and Stitched Satin ribbon, plus Pistachio Pudding ink.
  • For the wedding card, I used Typeset Specialty Designer Series paper, Basic Black and Vanilla cardstock, and Basic Black Taffeta ribbon.  I used VersaMark ink and Basic Black Stampin’ Emboss powder to enhance the wedding sentiment.

Subtle changes make a difference -I wanted a softer look to the striped punch out on the baby card, so I inked my stamp in Hello Honey, stamped it onto scratch paper, and then stamped onto Whisper White for a water colored look.  The Pistachio Pudding is already a soft color so I stamped it directly.


Two for one – The Typeset paper is thinner, and is great for special layering and manipulating techiques (I will show examples on Friday), but still gives great coverage as a striking mat.

Thanks for stopping by and come back Friday to see some fun ways to use the Typeset Specialty Designer Series paper.

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Oh My Goodies – There’s something for everyone!

Today I’m featuring a multipurpose Stampin’ Up! set called Oh My Goodies.  You can cover birthdays, thanks, hello, and gift tags for yummy treats with this one set.  Choosing your colors will determine if the card is neutral or leans masculine or feminine.  The set has a matching die in the Deco Labels Framelits dies, so it makes it easy to pop out the design.  The layout below is easy and is great for making multiples to have ready all year.


I’ll start with the masculine leaning birthday card.  I used Sweet Taffee Designer Series Paper and took the color cue from the design.  For my standard base, I used Rich Razzleberry cardstock, and then matted the largest banner in Tempting Turquoise and the smallest banner in Daffodil Delight.  All three banners are cut with the Banners Framelits dies.  For the medium sized banner, I chose Old Olive and also stamped the sentiment in Old Olive ink.  For the feminine card, I used the dots from the Sweet Taffy paper, rather than the hexagons, and used Melon Mambo for the cardstock and ink (only stamped pieces shown in the last picture).


For the thank you card above, I chose Rich Razzleberry ink for the sentiment, but backed it with Melon Mambo, so the banner wouldn’t blend in with the card piece.  Because I used the dotted Designer Series piece on this card, I think it has a more feminine appeal, so if you were making it for a male, you may want to use the hex design, rather than the dots.  At least that is the opinion of a teenage boy, whose mother (my friend) takes my classes.  I know whenever I’m helping her to come up with cards for him “no dots!”.


If you notice above and below, changing the supplemental sentiment also effects the style of the card.  I chose the Cheers from the And Many More stamp set for the card above because of it’s plain design.  Below, I wanted something that went with the thanks sentiment, and really liked the Petite Pairs set, but didn’t want the first word “to” of the sentiment to throw off my wording, so I used a Stampin’ Write marker to just ink the rest of the words, “huffed” onto the stamp and then stamped my image, below.

P1020019The large sentiment and it’s banner are both popped up with Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals (I buy a pack, ever time I place an order), but the rest of the card pieces are all adhered directly down.  I use either Tombo Liquid or Snail adhesive, depending on my mood.


Below you will see the more feminine choice for the birthday sentiment ( I would place this on the style above).  You can also see the Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper pictured in the catalog, and imagine all the fun color choices you could use with this same card layout, using the same stamp set.


I chose a curvier font sentiment from the Sumthin’ Sumthin’ stamp set for the feminine pairing.  For the hello card, I would probably use Stampin’ Write markers and color each line of word and the border in different colors, and for the “goodies” stamp, I would stamp it twice in two different colors, and use the large oval punch and Dimensionals to pop out that middle sentiment. Yes, that means one of the pieces is discarded after, which does go against my beliefs, but aesthetics comes first in my card making.

 Thanks for stopping by.  Come back Wednesday for more fun, and don’t forget, this Wednesday, September 10th is the last day to sign up for two months of Paper Pumpkin at half price.  Click Here to purchase a Paper Pumpkin subscription, and click here to see how I changed up my August kit.
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