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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

April Paper Pumpkin is Here!

Just got my new kit and it's a winner!  It has adorable cards and card pockets for Mother's Day, Father's Day and Thank You's--you choose what you need!  How fun!  Take a look:

What?  Not a member yet?  What are you waiting for?  Sign up now and get your kit in May...a bright orange box filled with all you need for some special "me" time.

See my link on the right; it'll take you to My Paper Pumpkin and you can join.  Not sure you want to make a monthly commitment?  Well contact me and I'll set you up for one-, three-, six- or twelve month subscription so you can have as much fun as I do each month. 

What have you created today?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Weekly Deals!

Yes, it's time for another round of Weekly Deals, and they're getting better and better! 

Heart Punch

Sweetheart Punch Item # 133786
Regular Price: $15.95 US/$21.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $11.96 US/$16.46 CAN

Retro Fresh This And That Washi Tape Item # 133001
Regular Price: $4.95 US/$6.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.71 US/$4.88 CAN

Hello Honey 3/8" Satin Stitched Ribbon Item # 133671
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.19 CAN

Fuse Fast Adhesive Item # 129026
Regular Price: $9.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $7.46 US/$9.38 CAN

Fry Box Bigz L Die Item # 132966
Regular Price: $32.95 US/$40.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $24.71 US/$30.71 CAN

Hearts Border Punch Item # 133784
Regular Price: $15.95 US/$20.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $11.96 US/$15.71 CAN

Gold 1/8" Ribbon Item # 134583
Regular Price: $4.95 US/$6.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.71 US/$5.21 CAN

Confetti Hearts Border Punch Item # 137415
Regular Price: $21.95 US/$29.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $16.46 US/$22.46 CAN

Don't forget that the retiring stamps/accessories list is out; savings up to 50% can be yours!  Click here for the updated list.

And place your orders here.
What have you created today?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

{sniff} Time to Say Good-bye!

Fortunately we are only saying "good-bye" to our retiring stamps and accessories!  And that means it's almost time to say "hello" to an all-new catalog and the brand new stamps and accessories being introduced on June 2!

But retiring goodies go fast, so if you see something you want, don't delay!  In fact, some items are already gone...accessories go first, and when they're gone, they are GONE!

Stampin' UP! will continue to manufacture stamps until May 26th, so if your budget is tight, you may want to postpone stamps and get your accessories now.  

Click here to see the current retired products list. 

Meanwhile, here are the Weekly Deals--just can't beat 'em!
Build a Bouquet Photopolymer Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
Build A Bouquet Photopolymer Stamp Set
Price: $33.95 $25.46
Handpicked Framelits Dies by Stampin' Up!
Handpicked Framelits Dies
Price: $24.95 $18.71
Label Card Thinlits Die
Label Card Thinlits Die
Price: $32.95 $16.48
Ornate Tag Topper Punch
Ornate Tag Topper Punch
Price: $22.95 $17.21
So You Photopolymer Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
So You Photopolymer Stamp Set
Price: $24.95 $18.71
Sweet Dreams Designer Buttons by Stampin' Up!
Sweet Dreams Designer Buttons
Price: $5.95 $4.46
Sweet Dreams Designer Series Paper  by Stampin' Up!
Sweet Dreams Designer Series Paper
Price: $10.95 $8.21
Sweet Dreams Designer Washi Tape  by Stampin' Up!
Sweet Dreams Designer Washi Tape
Price: $7.95 $5.96

Please place your orders here.

Get 'em before they're gone!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Another Use for Stampin' UP! Markers

Remember this trick?

It's such a great way to color your stamping BEFORE you stamp.  Just color, huff, and...MAGIC!

Purchase your Stampin' Write Markers here.

What have you created today?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

It's Another Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop!

Wacky Watercooler April (Fool) Blog Hop

It's time for another Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop, and this month we are having fun with a little April Fools trickery.  Each post along the hop will include an item that isn't what it appears to fun is that?
As always, our hop is a circle--hop on anywhere along the way and click on the "next" or "previous" buttons at the bottom to hop over to the next blog.  If you have joined me from Gail's blog (aren't her projects the bestest?) I thank you for the visit.  I hope you enjoy my post and have fun hopping!

First up, my April Fool magic:
Looks like a regular baby card, right?  Wrong!  Look again:

It opens to reveal a gift card holder:
This fun-fold card always gets a "wow!" and finding a gift card inside makes it even more special!  The card uses Island Indigo, Pool Party and Whisper White cardstock, Maritime Designer Series Paper, and the Something for Baby stamps with coordinating Baby's First Framelits, along with the Gift Card Envelope Thinlits.  I'll post directions on how this fun fold works in a few days; please come back!

Now, in keeping with the baby theme, I created a fun party favor for a baby shower (or child's birthday party):
Imagine having a whole alphabet-full of these little treat boxes, dressed up to look like childrens blocks.  Wouldn't that be fun?
The Tiny Treat boxes come 25 to a package, just one short of a whole alphabet!  Each one is dressed up in little squares of designer series paper (I used Birthday Bash, Lullabye and Sweet Taffy).  A coordinating circle was punched for the top, and the letter was stamped using my favorite Epic Alphabet set.  And in a nod to April Fools--the little symbol stamps on the front of the blocks are no longer available!  Ha ha!  I bought these when I first started as a Stampin' UP! demo, and have saved them to create an alphabet book for my grandkids...someday...<sigh>

But I couldn't resist decorating these cute boxes with them; I'll be making more for my grandson's second birthday, coming up!

Now let's switch gears for my final project and think about the next month and Mother's Day!:

I bought the beautiful Stippled Blossoms set when the catalog went live last summer, and have only used it once (an April Fools joke on me!).  So I decided to pull it out and create a pretty card for the next celebration.

I chose the watercolored-look paper from Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper; I cut an oval using the Oval Framelits, and added a slightly smaller one of Tangerine Tango underneath.   I stamped the leaves from Kinda Eclectic (using Daffodil Delight ink, stamped off once).  Using a Stamp-a-Ma-Jig, I carefully lined up the Pear Pizzazz leaves on the Whisper White inside to match up with the Daffodil Delight ones.
My blossoms are stamped in Daffodil Delight, with the second layer in Calypso Coral.  So pretty!  Each blossom was fussy-cut with my Paper Snips; leaves were added and the flowers were popped up with Dimensionals.  I used some 2-Way Glue to add Dazzling Diamonds, and painted some Pearls Basic Jewels to add to the center.

A pretty double bow and a few Tangerine Tango butterflies finish my card. 

So it's time to hop below and head on over to see the surprises that Anna has for you.  Thanks for visiting; I hope you'll come back again soon!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Weekly Deals

Look at these fabulous deals!


Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies Item # 135851
Regular Price: $24.95 US/$30.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $18.71 US/$23.21 CAN

Labels Collection Framelits Die Item # 125598
Regular Price: $26.95 US/$32.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $20.21 US/$24.71 CAN

Pansy Punch Item # 130698
Regular Price: $15.95 US/$21.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $11.96 US/$16.46 CAN

Striped Scallop Thinlits Die Item # 133734
Regular Price: $24.95 US/$30.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $18.71 US/$23.21 CAN

Something Borrowed Embellishments Item # 137855
Regular Price: $6.95 US/$8.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.21 US/$6.71 CAN

Birthday Bash Designer Washi Sheets Item # 137788
Regular Price: $9.95 US/$11.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $7.46 US/$8.96 CAN

Mother's Love Photopolymer Stamp Set Item # 137170
Regular Price: $24.95 US/$30.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $18.71 US/$23.21 CAN

Handheld Stapler Item # 139083
Regular Price: $9.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $7.46 US/$9.38 CAN
Some of these (Wonderful Wreath and Labels Collection framelits and the Handheld Stapler) are some of my favorite products.  The stapler, especially, is great--long reach and smaller staples add a touch of panache to your projects.

Order here.

What have you created today?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Miss You!

I'm sad...
My daughter-in-law's parents have moved.  They used to live about 40 minutes from my home, and we often got together to share a meal and a laugh and enjoy our combined families.
Now they're gone...6  hours to the south.  I know we'll always be friends, but I miss them already.  So here's a card I made, using the Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch #139.  Here's the sketch:

Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch 139 #stampinup #papercraftcrew #papercrafts #cardchallenge

and here's my card:

Lots of retired goodies on this card, some of which I barely played with before they retired (darn that Sale-a-Bration! <grin>).

My base is Calypso Coral, with a layer of Whisper White.  I used the square framelits to cut my Crisp Cantaloupe square, and used the corner rounder on all four corners.  The top half was run through my Big Shot with the vintage Clouds embossing folder.

The houses (from You Brighten My Day) were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and colored with the now-gone Blendabilities.  They were punched out with the What's Up punch.  I paper-snipped some grass from Wild Wasabi card stock.

My sun was double stamped--using the "sun" from So You, I first stamped it on the corner of my Whisper White Layer, and again on a piece from the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper.  I snipped each ray, and added it to my card.  Finally, the sentiments from Just Sayin' and Holiday Home were stamped, cut (Word Bubbles) and punched (Banner Punch).  And three candy dots from the Subtles Collection kept me true to the sketch.

It makes me feel a little better to send this card to my friends...but not much...

What do you create when you're feeling blue?  Won't you leave me a comment and let me know?

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