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But I don’t have what I need! – Improvise and change things up!

Everyone who knows me knows that I appreciate the value of having the right tool for the job.  In Crafting, that doesn’t apply just to dies, punches, and scissors.  To me, it means the right cardstock, ink, applicators, ribbon, adhesive, and you name it.  When you travel, even when you think you brought what you need, you always forget something.  


I planned to make this card on my trip so a friend could have fun making it with me.  I brought the Lullaby Designer Series Paper (DSP), the Coastal Cabana and Hello Honey ink pads, the Something for Baby and Sassy Salutations stamp sets, and the Baby’s First Framelits.  I was borrowing the Big Shot, so I was set, right?  As usual, the design I had in my head and what I brought didn’t match up.  I forgot the Coastal Cabana cardstock, and, of all things, a sponge.  Every card maker knows you could need a sponge (or Sponge Dauber) at any time.  After all, that’s my “fix-it” trick when I accidentally drop a stamp or smush an inky finger on my card.  I just tap my piece of sponge on my ink pad and go over the area, like it was intended to be there.  I’ve also covered my mistakes with another stamp design, button, or candy dot.  Yes, now you know some of the many ways crafters have learned to add embellishments to cards.


The picture above is the Stamping Sponge.  I usually cut it into six pieces, but I will cut eight pieces if I need a more precise sponging applicator.  I just wash my sponges when I’m done (make sure to clean up wayward ink splatters from around the sink), and it doesn’t matter if they are stained, as long as they are clean.



Make Do – Well, as you can see from this picture, I had to set off my sentiment with some ink, or it just basically sank into the background of the card.  I looked through what I had available in our condo.  I could use a dirty kitchen sponge (nope), a wash cloth that was too thick and might stain (nope again), or try a paper towel.  I knew the paper towel needed to be damp, or it would just absorb the ink.  With my ink pad closed, I gently squeezed the top of the pad into the bottom, so when I opened it, there would be ink on the inside of the lid.  I kept picking up that ink with the damp paper towel, and gently brushed the towel against the edges of the paper.  It is by no means a good substitute, but it worked well enough to make the sentiment stand out.  If you ever have to try this, do not touch your pad with a wet paper towel, because it could leave paper fibers, and even if it didn’t, paper fibers are very rough and could damage the pad.  


Improvise – I mentioned I forgot the Coastal Cabana cardstock earlier, and my other colors of cardstock didn’t looked right, so I made my own.  I took a Stampin’ Up! acrylic block, made sure it was very clean, and then inked it directly on my Coastal Cabana ink pad.  I then “stamped” the block onto Whisper White and got a definite color effect that worked as a back ground.  It wasn’t exactly the look I had wanted, but I think in this instance, it was a good substitute.  


Have Fun – The gift tag was a separate piece to go with the card, and I wanted to make it stand out on it’s own – literally.  Tags don’t have to be one dimensional.  I took a long 2″ wide piece of Lullaby DSP and used the Scalloped Tag Topper punch on each end, made some folds in the middle to hold a strip of cardstock, and then attached my stamped and die cut images to the inserted cardstock strip.   I tied it closed with a bow made from the Coastal Cabana Thick Baker’s Twine.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing in my imperfections and improv!  Tomorrow I’ll share pictures and thoughts on the Watercolor Winter Simply Created card kit from the Stampin’ Up! holiday catalog.

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Paper Pumpkin – A fresh start!

Hi folks,

This didn’t post automatically, so I’m sorry it is late.  I just checked it now.

Today’s post is about a cute and simple card made using this month’s Paper Pumpkin subscription kit from Stampin’ Up!  If you previously subscribed, or haven’t tried it yet, it’s time, because Stampin’ Up has made a fresh start.  Stampin’ Up! has improved the value of the kits substantially, and took note of customer requests for ink and project variety.  If you have questions, contact me, and I can go into detail about the kits.  New subscribers (based on email address) can get the first two kits for $10 each (see bottom of post).

Like most demonstrators, I get the kit and then figure out other things I can do with it, besides the neat projects that are included.  Believe me, if you go on Pinterest, you will see a ton of samples of how we like to change things up.  I’m just going to show you one example of changing up the mini card in the kit two ways.  You can find many postings of the large cards included in the kit already, and they are really cool.  Here is my first sample of taking one of the four small cards (left card on picture below), and changing it up to become an A2 card (5.5” X 4.25”).  A2 is the size many crafters choose, and you can make two A2 bases out of a standard 8.5” X 11” piece of cardstock.


I made the small card exactly as instructed in the kit, just to show the kit design. For the large card, I cut one of the mini cards in half (I can use both parts to replicate this card), cut a piece of Strawberry Slush paper with the Oval Accent die, and cut two pieces of Hello Honey cardstock with the flag shape from the Hearts a Flutter Framelits.  I embossed the flag shapes with the Decorative Dots embossing folder to emulate the dots that are stamped. It doesn’t matter that the flags are two pieces instead of a long piece because they middle is hidden behind the heart mat.  For fun, I stamped the back of a Whisper White envelope with dots, to match the card.


Instead of stamping dots on the small card piece for the larger card, I stamped them on the larger white base, and just used 4 sequins (included in the kit and meant for the large cards I’m showing tomorrow) to accent the small white heart mat. I made this card for a girlfriend, so, I changed the ink from Hello Honey (included in the kit) to Daffodil Delight, because it is brighter, and seems more like her.

For the gender neutral or masculine version, I used Mellow Moss ink, and flipped the precut sentiment banner over, so it would be plain Whisper White.  I must admit, everything I tried with the star for this one seemed like a great card for a service man or woman, rather than just a good all around neutral or masculine card, but I’m posting a picture anyway, just to give you some inspiration.



The polaroid frame and arrow are from the On Film Framelits set.  I free-hand cut an arrow shape out of Mossy Meadow to back the stamped arrow,  Both sentiment pieces are sponged with Mossy Meadow,

Value – In this month’s set alone, I could have just made four large cards and four small cards, and had leftover pieces to do more later, but like most of us, I like to get as much bang for my buck as possible.  By cutting the card bases in half, I can get 8 of each card made, as long as I use another base (Whisper White or other coordinating color) for any of the cards, and mat the colorful cardstock on top.  I have a set of useful stamps and ink spot left over to continue my creativity whenever I want.

No Pressure – The kits come with instructions, they are easy to put together, and there is a ton of inspiration/Pinspiration on the internet, to give you more ideas, if you want to mix things up.  You can sign up monthly and suspend or cancel any time.

Variety – The kits are always different, and some are intended to make gifts, some home-decor, some gift packaging, and many make my favorite, cards.  Everything you need, except scissors and adhesive, are included, including cool and unique embellishments you can’t even purchase through Stampin’ Up!  Paper Pumpkin does include specialty adhesives, like glue dots and Dimensionals, when those are needed.




Thanks for stopping by, and come back tomorrow to see how you can make a nice card even when you don’t have everything you need with you.  The key is, Improvise!

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Offer Details: Use the code HALFOFF2 to join Paper Pumpkin before September 10, 2014, and get 50% off the first two months! After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included).


Festival of Trees – Finally, it’s Christmas!

Today’s post features the Festival of Trees stamp set and punch used for Christmas.  To show extra uses for yesterday’s  Age Awareness stamp set, I used the flourish on the inside of the card.  This card was actually very easy to make, and I can see this being one of the designs I use for my Christmas card recipients.  I never make just one style, because I get bored.  It would be very easy to make 20 cards in this design in an hour.   Cut all your pieces, stamp all 20 of each item, and then put them together, assembly line style.


Keep it Simple – I knew right away I wanted to use the green flourish page of the All is Calm Designer Series Paper (DSP).  It’s simple but stylish, and Stampin’ Up! makes it easy to come up with color combinations that work with your chosen DSP.  The coordinating colors are listed right on the package.  I took my cues from the All is Calm color scheme (I used Pear Pizzaz, Soft Sky, and Lost Lagoon), and then added Basic Black.  I happened to have a piece I had cut previously with the Top Note die, waiting for a home.  It did not work on a previous card, but looks great on this one.  The outside sentiment is cut with the wavy die from Bitty Banners Framelits.

Jazz it up – I added a bit of bling to the four corners of the DSP mat with the largest Rhinestones, and rounded the corners with the Project Life Corner Rounder.  Each tree got a little different treatment.

  • Ornament Tree – While the single stamped ornament tree is very cute as is, I liked how the soft sky ornaments (the same dots stamp I used in yesterday’s card) changed the look , and the smallest Rhinestones here and there helped add a little sparkle.
  • Flourish Tree – I stamped with Silver Encore ink, and then embossed in Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I could have used VersaMark ink as well, but using the silver under silver helps to ensure my image is more complete, just in case my embossing job isn’t perfect (what, me not perfect?  Perish the thought).
  • Plain Tree – For the third tree, I stamped the image in Pear Pizzaz, and waited just a bit to make sure it was dry before using the same Silver Encore pad for the tinsel image. But this time, I used Heat & Stick powder instead of silver embossing powder, so I could use the silver Stampin’ Glitter.  I just think tinsel should be super sparkly, and the glitter is shinier than the embossing powder.


A little wonky – To create interest, I made my tree layout a little wonky.  The trees are at varying heights (top to bottom) and I adhered one tree flat against the black, one uses a single Dimensional, and the middle one uses stacked Dimensionals.  My middle tree actually looks wonky, because I adhered it on a little crooked, but we’re pretending you don’t see that.


Thanks for stopping by, and come back tomorrow to see what Paper Pumpkin is up to these days (it’s all great!).

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Wondrous Wreath for Pals Paper Arts Challenge 215

This is my first blog posting, and I decided to make it a double header by posting a card that fits the Pals Paper Arts Challenge this week, plus showcases a new stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog, “Wondrous Wreath”.  P1010682

This is my example of how you can use “Wondrous Wreath” beyond Christmas.  Today’s post is a Valentine’s Day theme, based on the color challenge from Pals Paper Arts.

Let your tools do the work – I’m not a fan of fussy cutting, so anytime there is a Framelit or punch for a stamp, that’s an instant seller for me.  I used the Wondrous Wreath Framelits to cut out the wreath and bow, two of the Window Frames Framelits to cut a background for the wreath, a die from the Project Life Cards & Labels set to showcase the sentiment, and punched the hearts with the Itty Bitty Accents heart punch and the Hearts Border punch.

Coloring fun – To get more color depth on certain pieces, I used the Strawberry Slush ink on Strawberry Slush paper.  This gives it an almost red color that works great with the vibrant pink of the Strawberry Slush.  I also sponged around the large hearts to give them a little more depth.  By the way, the little heart stamp is from the “Another Thank You” stamp set, and the “happy valentine’s day” sentiment is from the “Good Greetings” hostess set.  Watch my blog for details on when you can earn the host set for free.

Adding a pop – I tried my wreath on Whisper White, Basic Black and a Strawberry Slush card base.  Nothing was quite right, and while embossing the white base did improve the look, the card still seemed to lack something.  So I got out my Back to Black Designer Series Paper, and settled on the diamond pattern.  It’s a strong look, and I think you will either love it or hate it, but I love it!

Thanks for stopping by, and please come back tomorrow to see how I used the set for a cheerful get well card.

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