Paper Pumpkin

Do you remember the first time you saw Cinderealla’s pumpkin turn into a beautiful carriage and her rags into a beautiful gown?  There is something so magical about that moment.  I love the suprise of it, and how such ordinary things become extraordinary. Luckily, we can feel like Cinderella every single month of the year.  Stampin’ Up! has put together a monthly paper crafting suprise for you to receive every month with everything (except adhesive) you need to complete a beautiful project.  You now have your own papercrafting fairy godmother! Each kit also contains at least one ink spot and an exclusive stamp set so you can build up a supply of inks and stamps with your subscription.

I have made it my personal goal to bring this wonderful box of papercrafting magic to more people so if I can get two more people signed up for a paper pumpkin subscription I will start an exclusive Facebook group for my paper pumpkin monthly subscribers where I will share tips about that month’s box, pictures and instructions of alternative projects, and lots more papercrafting fun.

Here are some examples of alternative projects I made with June’s kit.



Here is the link to sign up for paper pumpkin.  Make sure to sign up using this link.

Paper Pumpkin Subscription Sign Up

I can’t wait to share more Paper Pumpking projects with you in the coming months.  And, I am even more excited to see the joy and magical moments Paper Pumpkin will bring you each month.



Sailing with Swirly Bird

The swirly bird stamp set and die set are two of the most versatile items in the new catalog.  When I first saw pictures of the cute little sailboat popping up I knew I wanted to make a boating card with this set.  Afterall, summer time is the perfect time to drop someone a note, and remind them of summer days fishing or tubing from a boat.  I personally have never sailed, but have had lots of fun on canoes, fishing, and pontoon boats.


1. Cut and score a dapper denim card base.

2.  Cut a 3 x 5.5 piece of dsp from By The Shore dsp, and run through the Seaside Embossing Folder twice (that will give the white bits that look like sea foam).  Cut along the top curve to create the top wave.

3.   Cut a piece of dapper denim with the swirl die.

4.  Stamp the boat in real red ink onto whisper white cardstock.

5.  Cut the boat out.

6.  Stamp the saying on marina mist cardstock, and cut the banner out.

7.  Use snail to adhere the water dsp to the base.

8.  Use Stampin dimensionals to adhere the swirly wave, boat, and banner.

9.  Apply a peakaboo peach enamel star.


Affectionately Planning

My Affectionately Yours washi is here, and it is every bit as wonderful as it appeared in the catalog.  I love how pretty and feminine it is without being the least bit dated.  I just had to use it in my planner.

When I heard the gospel reading for Sunday, I knew I had to use Jars of Love for my planning this week.  The gospel was about Mary and Martha, or otherwise known as the week women declare themselves slobs or neat freaks and throw support towards one of these two women. But, I think we do the story a disservice that way.  I really think it is about mixing service/hospitality with love as opposed to obligation and pride.  And, does anything say hospitality like a simple mason jar with flowers?  I also used the heart for things the kids need to be taken to.  It is a gentle reminder to do everything with love as opposed to just trudging along checking things off.


Here is a close up of the washi and enamel shapes (perfect for a non bulky 3D effect).


Close up of the jar:


Here are the supplies I used.

Seaside Shaker

I never realized how funny kids were about planning birthdays until I had my own.  My daughter is especially fun to plan parties for, because she gets excited about making decorations and favors months before her birthday.  In May (mind you her birthday is in September) she told me she wanted a unicorn party..  Ummmmm …..I told her we would wait and discuss it after her brothers’ party was over.  Well, thank goodness for the Oriental Trading magazine, because she decided she wanted an Under the Sea party, but like her momma she wants to make things for it.  She, of course, loved the Seaside Shore stamp set when it came out.  What took me by total suprise was how much I am using it as a general card making set.  It is so much fun to play with, and the By the Shore Designers Series Paper is a must have as well.


The shaker element on this card is so much fun!  Here is how I made the card.

1. Cut a 9.5 x 6.75 piece mint macaroon cardstock.  Fold in half and score.

2.  Cut a 2.5 x 5.75 piece of the fish dsp.

3.  Stamp the sentiment in dapper denim onto very vanilla cardstock.

4.  Cut out with the circle framelits.

5.  Cut a 2 x 6.5 piece of dapper denim.  And, run it with the wave die through the big shot.

6.  Cut a piece of 2 x 6.5 piece of window sheet, and attach it to the dapper denim with tear and tape.

7.  Flip it to the back side, and outline the wave with the foam adhesive strips.  It will take two strips.

8.  Run your finger along the side of the foam strip to reduce the amount of stickiness.

9.  Take sequins and place inside.

10.  Cut three fish from the designers series paper, and place inside.

11.  Take a few of the dapper denim wave scraps from cutting the wave, and place inside.

12.  Cut a 2 x 6.5 piece of the blue wave paper from the dsp.

13.  Remove the white paper covering the foam strip, and set the blue wave paper on top of it.

12.  Adhere the fish strip of dsp to the card.

13.  Adhere the circle to the card.

14.  Adhere the shaker element to the card.

Here is a shot of the whole card.


The sequins I used in this shaker were from the June Paper Pumpkin.  Here are the rest of the supplies:

Love at the Seaside Shore

Summer is sure to be full of weddings.  I remember how wonderful my own wedding was, and the joy I found in making invitations, favors, pew decorations, and more.  Like most brides I cherished the time I spent picking wedding colors, my flowers, and of course my dress.  And, also like a lot of brides I got addicted to watching Say Yes to the Dress long after my wedding was over.  I have long enjoyed watching the pretty colors that often come with summer weddings: coral, aqua, tourquise, etc.

Stampin’ Up!’s in colors are perfect for playing with these colors, and crafting a wedding card as fun and unique as your loved one is sure to be.  I combined the Jars of Love and Seaside Shore sets to make the ultimate summer wedding card.



  1.  Cut and score a watermelon wonder card base.
  2. Cut a 2.75 x 4 piece of whisper white cardstock.
  3. Stamp the medium jar in marina mist on the cardstock.
  4. Stamp the water image with the bermuda bay ombre pad.
  5. Stamp the fish on the left in peekaboo peach and roll in watermelon wonder ink.
  6. Stamp the fish on the right in flirty flamingo and roll in watermelon wonder ink.
  7. Cut out the fish, and mount with Stampin’ dimensionals.
  8. Stamp Best Fishes sentiment in bermuda bay onto peekaboo peach cardstock.  Trim to fit.
  9. Stamp rope image twice in Versamark onto the card base.
  10. Turn over a metallic doily, and use snail to attach to card base.
  11. Attach whisper white layer to card.

Here are the supplies for this card (don’t forget about the 5.00 coupon you will get with a 50.00 dollar product purchase):

Joyful Nativity

imageI love getting Christmas cards in the mail.  There is something about that once a year connection that warms my heart.  And, I am loving creating cards and tags with our new beautiful stamp set, Joyful Nativity.  This set is classically stunning, and being a bold stamp set it is great for mass production.


Isn’t it a great set!  I am so excited about this new stamp set that I am going to be doing an online class with instructions for both of these projects on July 28th at 8 o’clock.  All you need to do is like my Facebook page, and join the event.  It is totally free, and I will be sharing tips on Christmas papercrafting in general along with these projects.  If you want an email with pictures of this tag and card along with instructions for you to keep you need to purchase one or more of the items listed below from my online store.  I look forward to having Christmas in July with you!

If you are purchasing make sure to buy at least 50.00 dollars before tax and shipping to take advantage of Stampin’ Up!’s bonus days, and get a 5.00 coupon to spend in August.

Seaside Shore

Fishing was a big part of my childhood from trout fishing at our state park to fishing in the small pond at my grandparent’s house in the country.  And, then there was the fishing we did on summer vacation.  We would set up folding chairs beside the lake, and watch our bobbers in hope of catching a fish.  As a kid I found it so much fun, and as a parent I now know all the work and planning that goes into making a relaxing vacation well relaxing (at least for the kids).  There is nothing quite like catching that fish, however small, and holding it up for your parents to see.

Our new stamp set Seaside Shore captures all the fun of those relaxing summer vacations. And, it offers a lot of versatility in creating ocean scenes.  I also love that you can make cards for pretty much any occasion and for the men in your life.


1. Cut and score a mint macaroon card base.

2.  Cut a 3.75 x 5.5 piece of dapper denim.

3.  Cut a 3.5 x 5.5 piece of pool party.

4.  Stamp the seaweed in mint macaroon moving the stamp up and down to give some variety to the image.

5.  Stamp the sentiment in mint macaroon.

6.  Ink the fish with daffodil delight, and then roll slightly in peekaboo peach.  Stamp onto whisper white paper.

7. Repeat step six.

8.  Cut out each fish.  When I fussy cut I leave a small white border, because I think it looks nicer and leaves room for imperfect cutting.

9.  Adhere the pool party cardstock to the dapper denim, and adhere the dapper denim to the card base.

I hope you enjoyed your four day weekend and your Fourth of July!  Here are the supplies I used: