Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Last Post for May's Paper Pumpkin

I still had two large pieces cut from the bags on my desk. They were pieces that had the prepunched circles. I had managed to cut them so I could layer another piece of card stock or DSP to cover them. But I also had a little bit of the Thick Twine left. And it was just enough to lace through the punched holes. So, I stamped on some Whisper White card stock with my Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay ink. (Island Indigo ink was included in the kit). Then I punched them using my 2-1/2" circle punch. I made two cards like this and that means I got 21 cards and two gift bags out of my May Paper Pumpkin kit.
And the best part I still have the five photo polymer stamps to use that came in the kit. Woohoo!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Still Showcasing Paper Pumpkin Cards

Last week I started sharing the cards I made using May Paper Pumpkin supplies. I still had some of the confetti strips and white circles. So, I dug in my Designer Series stash to find a party piece, hoping it would have colors that would blend with the Bermuda Bay strip. I was delighted to find this large scrap that had Bermuda Bay in it. I paired it with Raspberry Ripple card stock from my stash. I had just the right amount of DSP to use the three circles and strips left. So, three more cards added to the 16 already makes 19 cards.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Banners and Balloons with Paper Pumpkin

I still had pieces of the cut up bags and four of the little bag tags (you get two extra ones in the kit) to use. So, I pulled out my Banner Framelits and came up with this card. I had to pull some of my own Designer Series Paper (Daffodil Delight banner), Whisper White and Calypso Coral card stock and Island Indigo baker's twine. I made 4 cards like this... that's 16 cards

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Paper Pumpkin Balloons

I paired the Calypso Coral balloon from the kit with a round balloon cut using my Balloon Framelits to make this quick and simple card. The round balloon is cut from another piece of the cut up bag. I used Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight card stock, Island Indigo baker's twine and some candy dots from my own supplies. I made two cards like this... that brings the total to 12. And there are more to come!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Paper Pumpkin Inspiration

If you search on Pinterest for Paper Pumpkin you can find lots of fun alternative uses for the kit supplies. That's how I found this card from Stamp Your Art Out.  I like the way the card base was used to make the fun z-fold. I used my Balloon Framelits again for the balloon this time. Other items not included in the kit are the Whisper White, Daffodil Delight  and Calypso Coral card stock and the Calypso Coral ink. I made three cards like this... that's 10 cards.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

More Paper Pumpkin

This card is very similar to the one in the pack I just added the string of banners to the corner and offset the circle a bit.
So, for this one I had to use some of my own Daffodil Delight card stock and the Balloon Framelits with my Big Shot for the string of banners. I made two cards like this. If you are keeping track that is 7 cards so far.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Paper Pumpkin for May

May's Paper Pumpkin had the supplies to make four gift bags and six cards as pictured above. Since most of my gift buying is for people who live in other states I am a big gift card/certificate giver. So, I decided rather than make all four bags I would create cards out of two of them. Here's the first card I made using the cut out balloon section of the bag. Since there were two on each bag I made four cards like this.
The Island Indigo Base is the back portion of the card base from the kit. I cut the front of the card for tomorrow's card to 4" X 5-1/4" and that left the stripe along the edge. So, I then cut this mat to 4"X5-1/4"  keeping that stripe along the edge. I had to use some Whisper White (for small balloons), Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral cardstock and Calypso Coral ink from my own supplies. Otherwise the supplies for this card came from the Paper Pumpkin kit.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Love Using the DSP Scraps

Here's another Designer Series Paper scraps card from the same pack as yesterday's card. I dug around in my retired accessories and came up with this card. Each of the DSP panels was a separate scrap of paper. I like simple expressions for anniversary cards. So, love on the front and just "happy anniversary" inside meets my needs.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Some More Love

I have several Designer Series Packs that have just a few scraps of paper left. I challenged myself to empty at least one of these packs. So, here's the first card I made trying to use of the scraps. I adhered the DSP banners first and had them staggered at the top, too. I just didn't like it that way, So, added the blue card stock band and ribbon and moved the heart and "love" to the top rather than the middle of the card as I had envisioned it.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Banner Love

This card layout is CASE from Mary Fish's blog. I liked the way she turned one of the banners on its' side.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Oh, Happy Day

I didn't have any of the same elements in the card I CASEd so, just used the layout and made this card. I like the way all the pieces came together.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Still CASEing the Magazine

As you can see the May/June '15 issue of Stampin' Success really inspired me. These two cards use the same layout but totally different elements for totally different looks. The top card uses the Ornate Topper punch to give the white card stock a fancy edge. In the lower photo I cut the Pacific Point card stock using my retired Two Tags die with my Big Shot.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Still Inspired by Stampin' Success

This is another card CASE from the magazine. But I did change this one up a bit. I wanted to use the little heart sequins and some of the ruffle lace and I didn't have the oval dotted stamp they used; so reached for my paper piercer and pack of templates and made do with what I have.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Love Washi Tape

Another card CASE from the May/June '15 Stampin' Success. It was so quick and easy to make the background with Washi Tape. I used the "kiss" technique to make the pattern heart. Stamp on a solid image with the color of ink of your choice (I used Whisper White) and then press that wet stamp onto a dry patterned stamp. Then stamp onto your card stock. The smaller heart is just a piece of card stock punched and then covered with one of the epoxy heart stickers.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

CASEing the May/June '15 Stampin' Success

I love getting my issue of Stampin' Success, the magazine for Stampin' Up! demonstrators. There are always ideas for using their products and wonderful layouts. The May/June '15 issue had so many great layouts I challenged myself to CASE them.
Here's a card that uses one of the samples. Instead of heat embossing I the leaf layer I decided to use some of the Irresistibly Yours Specialty Paper and sponged it with Soft Suede ink. Then I sponged the edge of my Crumb Cake card base, too. The sentiment comes from the Trust God stamp set. And the stripe under the Lost Lagoon card stock is a piece of Washi Tape. Add a little linen thread and Whisper White ink pad and you have all the elements for making this card.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Designer Series Paper Sets the Stage

This card is a CASE of one I received from a friend. I didn't have the exact same DSP but found a piece that would work. If you look closely you will see I used my Simple Scored tool to dry emboss a frame around the DSP. Hello comes from the Honeycomb Hello stamp set.

Monday, June 8, 2015

It's Easier Than It Looks

 These cards have been showing up all over the web. They just require two cuts to make the folded corner. I followed Dawn Griffiths instructions on her video using Lovely as a Tree stamp set and Something to Celebrate for the sentiment.

After I finished with the masculine card I decided to CASE Dawn G's butterfly card. The Butterfly Thinlits really make some beautiful projects. Here I used Basic Black card stock with Hello Honey for the butterfly.

Then I realized I had cut and stamped one too many card bases and had to pull another piece of DSP from my stash. And that brought about this card.

We have so many parish birthdays in June that I am busy replenishing my stash.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Keep It Simple!

This card was designed around the band of ecru trim. A friend was given a box of quilting supplies and this trim was in the box. She didn't want the trim but thought I might use it. It is simple but very pretty. So, I decided the card should be simple, too. I looked through my Designer Series Paper and found this retired piece of Baja Breeze. I had the scrap of thin navy satin ribbon sitting on my desk. You won't believe where it came from... you know those ribbons they have inside garments to keep them on hangers. I always snip them because they always sneak out when I'm wearing the garment. And when I snip them I just can't throw them away.  This ribbon hadn't made it into my scarp basket yet. So, decided that would look really nice with the Baja Breeze. The sentiment comes from the Butterfly Basics stamp set.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

More to Celebrate!

I'm celebrating this layout my niece led me to! It's a great way to use up scraps of Designer Series Paper as in the top photo. Then I thought, "What about using Washi Tape?" (second photo) and lastly I combined the two, DSP scraps and Washi Tape.

Do you notice the oval with the image in the bottom photo? Here's the story on it: I had all the DSP and Washi Tape adhered and noticed a faint black line running vertically in the bare white space right where I wanted to stamp the sentiment. Does this ever happen to you? I used to just scream and start over. But now I think, "How can I cover it up?"  Many times you can distress card in some way like sponge it or use a stamp set like Gorgeous Grunge. I really didn't think these patterns looked like distress images so I punched an oval, stamped it and then added the flower to cover up the last little bit of streak. The recipient will never know. (Unless, they read this blog!)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015


I needed one more graduation card... at least I think I have them all covered now. So, a few more scraps of Designer Series paper and the same layout I used with a cupcake last week. I wasn't pleased with just the plain star of card stock, so I ran it through my Big Shot with the herringbone embossing folder.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Chalk Talk Framelits and Occasions Alphabet

This card is a CASE from the Occasions catalog. Today is the last day to order from it. The Because You Care hostess set has a border image that coordinates with Chalk Talk Framelits. I discovered it pairs perfectly with the retired Occasions Alphabet. I like pairing the old with the new. That is why I have such a hard time parting with any of my stamp sets!

Monday, June 1, 2015

CASE - ing the New Annual Catalog

Here's another card I CASEd from the new annual catalog. This one looks more complicated than it is. It just requires some punching with the Hexagon punch. The trick is to place the three stamped hexagons in the middle on the card first. I used dimensionals to adhere them to give the card some depth. Then it's a snap to add the two hexagons that I punched from Designer Series Paper. I always have lots of the little thin scraps of card stock (Raspberry Ripple here) and to be honest I don't usually even save ones this small. But I just looked to see what scrap was laying by my paper cutter and then chose the colors based on that scrap.