Sweet Stripes from Paper Pumpkin – Stampin’ Up!

Last week, while I was home caring for my sick little guy, a surprise arrived in the mail… My Paper Pumpkin!  It is always fun to see what’s in the box.  And, it was nice to have a simple project that I could work on while he was napping!

August 2014 Paper Pumpkin (3 of 5)

I have to say I love this month’s kit.  It came with enough supplies to create four large cards and four small cards plus some super cute envelopes to match.  There were also extra die cut sheets and banners that I can use for another project (also nice in case you make a mistake).

August 2014 Paper Pumpkin (4 of 5)

The kit includes everything you need… card bases, banners, stamps, ink, adhesive, envelopes, embellishments.  The only thing I had to provide was a pair of scissors. Another nice thing about this kit is that it covered many different occasions: friendship, congratulations, birthday, and thank you!  🙂

August 2014 Paper Pumpkin (5 of 5)

The kit includes a cute little circle stamp perfect for making the small polka dots on the white die cut panel.  However, after stamping small polka dots on three of the cards, I decided to pull out my Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and play with it instead.  I love the effect, and I have to admit it went much faster than the individual polka-dots.

August 2014 Paper Pumpkin (6 of 5)

Check out the cute envelopes that came with this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit.  The large cards came with pink and yellow solid envelopes, but the smaller cards had cute polka-dots and stars on them!  The small cards are just the perfect size to put on top of a gift too!  For the smaller cards, I used the And Many More stamp set to change up the greetings.

August 2014 Paper Pumpkin (7 of 5)

If you haven’t tried Paper Pumpkin, now is a great time to sign up–get 50% off your first two months. With a deal like this, you’ll want to invite everyone you know to give it a try too!  Click here to join. (See below for more details on the My Paper Pumpkin Promotion.)

If you are a fan of this project and want to pin it to Pinterest, you will find a “pin it” button at the bottom of this post below the supply list and card stock cuts.  Also, please subscribe to my blog via email by clicking on the “follow” button if you are a fan of my work.

I hope you will consider selecting me as your demonstrator for your stamping needs.  I also offer free catalogs to all of my customers.  If you are my customer or want to be my customer, please email me your name and mailing address.  I’ll be more than happy to send you the gorgeous book.  You can email me at handcraftingheather@icloud.com.

If you need any supplies you can shop now in my online store!  Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions or if you would like a catalog.  I’m here to help!

Happy Stamping!

Heather

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My Paper Pumpkin… A Deal for New Subscribers

If you haven’t tried Paper Pumpkin, now is a great time to sign up–get 50% off your first two months. With a deal like this, you’ll want to invite everyone you know to give it a try too!  Click here to join.

Offer Dates: July 16, 2014–September 10, 2014

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).

The Fine Print:

  • For new subscribers only.
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription. After the first two months, the price for each month’s kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
  • Click here to join.
  • Enter the Promo Code, “HALFOFF2” when you sign up.
  • New subscribers must join by Wednesday, September 10, 2014; 11:50 PM (MT).

WEEKLY DEALS for August 19-25

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Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through August 25.

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Bloom with Hope One-to-One Swap from Lisa Poe – Stampin’ Up!

Recently I hosted my first one-to-one card swap.  I loved seeing the great projects created by some of my readers.  Today’s project is a card created by Lisa Poe from Ohio.  Lisa’s project features the Bloom with Hope hostess stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

One-to-One Swap (2 of 2)

Card created by Lisa Poe

I just love Lisa’s card design.  The stamped band behind the single flower is simple, but adds so much dimension and interest!

Lisa was kind enough to provide her card recipe for this project too!  You can find it at the very bottom of this post.  Thanks for sharing with us how you created your beautiful card.

One-to-One Swap (1 of 2)

Card created by Lisa Poe

I hope you will consider selecting me as your demonstrator for your stamping needs.  I offer free catalogs to all of my customers.  If you are my customer or want to be my customer, please email me your name and mailing address.  I’ll be more than happy to send you the gorgeous book.  You can email me at handcraftingheather@icloud.com.

If you need any supplies you can shop now in my online store!  Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions or if you would like a catalog.  I’m here to help!

Happy Stamping!

Heather

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WEEKLY DEALS for July 15-21

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Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through July 21.



Stampin’ Up! items used to create today’s project:

If you would like to order any of the products featured in today’s project, click the images below to order from my online store.


Card Recipe – Please Know That I Care

Card Stock Dimensions:  Lost Lagoon – 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ (card base), 2-3/8″ x 2-3/8″ panel; Basic Black – 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ panel; Whisper White – 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ panel, 5-1/2″ x 2″ panel, three Itty Bitty Accents Heart Punches, 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel (inside of card)

Directions:

  1. Using Memento Black Ink, stamp Gorgeous Grunge paint splatters on the top of the card base.
  2. Using Memento Black Ink, stamp Bloom with Hope flowers on Whisper White panels.
  3. Using sponge daubers and a circular motion, lightly apply color to flower images.
  4. Sponge around the edges of the white square panel with Memento Black Ink.
  5. Attach the white panel to the card base.
  6. Attach ribbon to the top and bottom of the white panel using multipurpose liquid glue.
  7. Use Stamp-a-ma-jig and brush tip of Stampin’ Write Marker to stamp the sentiment in a single line along the bottom of the card base.
  8. On a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock, stamp 3 hears with Lost Lagoon ink and punch out with Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.
  9. Glue together three squares and attach to base with dimensionals.

 

Choose Happiness Notepads – Stampin’ Up!

Today’s project is one that brings a smile to my face.  I just love these adorable notepads featuring the Choose Happiness and Everything Eleanor stamp sets from Stampin’ Up!  I have a secret obsession with stationery and notepads of all kinds… no wonder I made my way into the art of making cards, lol!  I love having cute little notepads all over the place to jot down a quick note, or make a list.  (For those of you who saw my craft room post, you might have noticed that I’m also obsessed with organization, so lists make me happy too.)

Choose Happiness Pads (6 of 6)

These adorable notepads are so easy to make, and can be altered for any color scheme or stamped design.  They would make great gifts too!  I purchased some small notepads from Staples and Amazon.com for this project today, but you could really make them in any size.  I prefer to use “Gum-Top” notepads, which means they are glued along the top edge, rather than having cardboard wrapped around the top and secured with staples.  However, either type of pad can be used for this project.

Choose Happiness Pads (2 of 6)

The process I use for making these pads is the same, regardless of the dimensions.  For this post, I am going to tell you how to measure your notepad to make a cover with a perfect fit, rather than focusing on the dimensions of this specific project.

Begin by measuring the height and width of the front of your notepad.  I like to add 1/8″ to the height, so that the cover extends beyond the bottom of the pad by just a little bit when it is closed.  This makes it easier to open the pad.  Next, measure the depth of the notepad and add that measurement to the height.  Finally, add 1-1/2″ to those two measurements to account for the part that will wrap around the back.  Cut a rectangle out of card stock that is equal to:

width measurement x (height + depth + 1-1/2″)

For example, if your notepad measures 3″ x 5″ and is 1/4″ deep then you would cut your card stock to 3″ x 6-3/4″ then you would score it at 1-1/2″ and 1-3/4″.  Of course, where you score your card will depend on the dimensions of your notepad.  The first score mark will always be 1-1/2″, but the second score mark will depend on the depth of your notepad.  To determine the second score mark, add 1-1/2″ to the depth of the notepad.

Once you have scored your card stock, wrap it around the front of the notepad and secure it on the back of the notepad with a strong adhesive, such as sticky strip, Fuse Adhesive, or Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  Be sure that you don’t glue along the top edge of the notepad, just on the back.

Choose Happiness Pads (4 of 6)

Once the cover is in place, you can really decorate it any way you want.  For this set, I created notepads in Blackberry Bliss, Crisp Cantaloupe, and Cherry Cobbler.  I used coordinating DSP from the Background Designer Series Paper stacks and added a beautiful art piece featuring several stamp sets from Stampin’ Up! I began by stamping the Dictionary background stamp in Baked Brown sugar on a panel of Very Vanilla card stock.  Next, I stamped the flourish image from Everything Eleanor in the same shade, and I added some ink splotches from Gorgeous Grunge too.  Then I used Mossy Meadow ink, and the leaf image from Kinda Eclectic to add some foliage.  Next, I sponged the background with Baked Brown Sugar ink.  Finally, I added some Venetian Crochet Trim and Linen Thread to the panel.

Choose Happiness Pads (1 of 6)

I stamped the flower image from Choose Happiness in the same color card stock as I used for the cover of each notepad.  For the Blackberry Bliss and Cherry Cobbler pads, I used the coordinating ink color and sponged around the edges with it too.  For the Crisp Cataloupe pads, I wanted a little more contrast for the flower, so I used Calypso Coral ink.  Finally, I added the flower to the background with Stampin’ Dimensionals and mounted the entire piece on a Baked Brown Sugar mat.

Choose Happiness Pads (3 of 6)

For one of the pads, I stamped the “Choose Happiness” sentiment in Early Espresso ink to finish it off.  For the others, I colored three large pearls with my Bronze Stampin’ Blendabilities Marker (from the Skintone set).  Then I added them to the top right corner of the art piece for a finishing touch.

Choose Happiness Pads (6 of 6)

These notepads are the perfect size to slip into your purse or keep on the corner of a desk.  I just adore them!  If you love them too, today is your lucky day.  Leave me a comment about this post, and I will draw one lucky winner to receive one in the mail!  I will announce the winner in my post on Tuesday, July 1st.  (Which also happens to be the day that several Blendabilties Marker sets will be available to the public!  Are you getting excited yet?)

I know you are going to want to save this idea for later, so you should definitely pin it to Pinterest.  You can find a “pin it” button at the very bottom of this post.  To subscribe to my blog via email, just click on the “follow” button in the sidebar near the top.

I hope you will consider selecting me as your demonstrator for your stamping needs.  I offer free catalogs to all of my customers.  If you are my customer or want to be my customer, please email me your name and mailing address.  I’ll be more than happy to send you the gorgeous 2014 Annual Catalog.  You can email me at handcraftingheather@icloud.com.

Also, it is not too late to sign up for my one-to-one card swap.  Cards are due to me by July 10, which is a little less than two weeks from now.  The details and registration link are below.  I hope that you will join in the fun!

If you need any supplies you can shop now in my online store!  Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions or if you would like a catalog.  I’m here to help!

Happy Stamping!

Heather

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Tomorrow is the Last Day to Sign Up for Only $50!

Tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of the $50 sign up special from Stampin’ Up!  If you have at least $50 worth of products you would like to purchase from the new annual catalog you should really consider joining.  There are many benefits of becoming a demonstrator including a great discount and access to advanced products.  Did you know you could order several of the Stampin’ Blendabilities marker sets now if you were a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator?

Now is a great time to join my team!  I welcome Hobbyist Demonstrators, and during the month of June, new recruits can join Stampin’ Up! at one of two great prices. Stampin’ Up! will continue to offer their traditional starter kit priced at $99 ($125 product value + FREE Shipping), but only during the month of June they will also be offering a reduced priced starter kit at the low price of $50 ($55 product value + FREE Shipping).  Drop me a note at handcraftingheather@icloud.com if you have any questions or if you’d like additional details.  I’d love to have you on my team!  You can read more information about the benefits of being a Demonstrator here.


2014 Annual Catalog One-to-One Swap

Just a reminder about my one-to-one swap.  I hope you will join in the fun!  It is so great when I get to actually connect with all of you and this is a wonderful way for us to share our inspiration and creativity with each other.  To participate, you will send me one card created with current Stampin’ Up! products (no retired items please) and a self-addressed stamped envelope.  Once all the swaps have arrived, I will send you someone else’s card in the mail.  It’s that easy!  If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at handcraftingheather@icloud.com.

To participate, please register for the event by clicking on the button below.   Once registration is complete, you will receive an email with specific instructions (including the address for where to send your swaps).  Projects are due in hand by July 10, 2014.  I can’t wait to see what you create!  Happy Stamping!

Eventbrite - 2014 Annual Catalog One-to-One Swap


WEEKLY DEALS for June 24-30

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Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through June 30.


Stampin’ Up! items used to create today’s project:

If you would like to order any of the products featured in today’s project, click the images below to order from my online store.

Gorgeous Grunge and Petite Petals Boxed Card Set – Stampin’ Up!

I have been having so much fun with boxed card sets lately, that I decided to create another one featuring the Gorgeous Grunge and Petite Petals stamp sets from Stampin’ Up!  The cards in this set are a total CASE from a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in the UK, Sam Donald from Pootles Papercraft.  Her You Tube channel is one of my favorites.  Ironically, she rarely posts videos of cards, favoring 3-D projects instead.  However, this time she posted a card, and then I turned it into a box!  Thanks for the inspiration Sam!  The only thing I changed was the color scheme. 🙂

Gorgeous Grunge & Petite Petals (1 of 18)

I would love to hear your thoughts about this project.  Today is the last day to leave me a comment for your chance to win one of the Retro Fresh Boxed Card Sets featured in my posts earlier this week.  Tomorrow, I will do the drawing and the winner will be announced on my Tuesday Updates post.


Creating the Cards

If you would like additional information about how to create design on the front of these beautiful cards, please watch Sam’s video tutorial linked above.  She does a fabulous job explaining everything step by step, and she creates gorgeous designs.  In fact, I loved this one so much that it prompted me to purchase the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  I had been on the fence about that one for a while, but  I had to have it once I saw this card.  Now that I’ve got it, I really like it.  I think you will be seeing more “splotchy” cards coming from me soon. LOL.

Gorgeous Grunge & Petite Petals (7 of 18)

As I said before, I loved her design so much, the only thing I changed was the color scheme.  In celebration of the new catalog launch tomorrow, I decided to feature the new 2014-2016 In Colors in my card set today.  I created the card in four different color schemes:

Gorgeous Grunge & Petite Petals (12 of 18)

 

Blackberry Bliss/Basic Gray/Smoky Slate

Blackberry Bliss, Basic Gray, & Smoky Slate

 

Lost Lagoon & Island Indigo

Lost Lagoon & Island Indigo

 

Mossy Meadow & Pistachio Pudding

Mossy Meadow & Pistachio Pudding

 

Tangelo Twist & Hello Honey

Tangelo Twist & Hello Honey

For the inside of my card, I chose to incorporate some of the same elements from the front.

Gorgeous Grunge & Petite Petals (10 of 18)

Gorgeous Grunge & Petite Petals (11 of 18)


Creating the Box

Gorgeous Grunge & Petite Petals (2 of 18)

I followed the same technique featured in Friday’s video tutorial for this box, but I adjusted the dimensions.  If you missed my post on Friday, you can view my tutorial hereTo create this box, I used a full sheet of 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock, and scored it as follows:

With the 8-1/2″ side at the top of my Stampin’ Trimmer, I scored at:

  • 1/2″
  • 1-3/8″
  • 7-1/8″
  • 8″

Next, with the 11″ side at the top of the trimmer, score at:

  • 2-3/8″
  • 3-1/4″
  • 7-3/4″
  • 8-5/8″

The measurements for the panels on the flap are:

  • Basic Gray – 5-1/2″ x 2-1/4″ punched on two corners with the Envelope Punch Board
  • Very Vanilla – 5-1/4″ x 2-1/8″ punched on two corners with the Envelope Punch Board

Gorgeous Grunge & Petite Petals (3 of 18)

For this box, since I was using a full sheet of card stock to accommodate a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/5″ card, I did not have enough overlap to do a Velcro closure.  Instead, I created this tie closure with the gorgeous new In Color ribbon.  To create the closure, I punched two small holes close together.  I threaded the ribbon from the top of the flap through to the inside and then back up again.  I wrapped the ribbon around the box and tied it closed.  Then I hid my holes by embellishing with flowers on top.

Gorgeous Grunge & Petite Petals (1 of 18)

I am so thrilled with how this project turned out.  I think Sam’s design is beautiful with the new In Colors, and it makes a gorgeous boxed set.  I know anyone would be delighted to receive this as a gift!  Please pin this project to Pinterest if you like it as much as I do.  You will find a “pin it” button at the very bottom of this post below the supply list and cards stock cuts.  Also, if you like my work, why not subscribe to my blog via email.  All you have to do is click on “follow” in the sidebar.

The new catalog goes live tomorrow!  I know you are probably chomping at the bit to get your hands on some of the fantastic new products from Stampin’ Up! just like I am.  If you haven’t gotten your very own copy of the 2014 Annual Catalog yet, now is a great time.  I’ve got a stack of them hot off the presses waiting for you. I offer free catalogs to all of my customers.  If you are my customer or want to be my customer, please email me your name and mailing address.  I’ll be more than happy to send you the gorgeous book.  You can email me at handcraftingheather@icloud.com.

I hope you will consider selecting me as your demonstrator for your stamping needs.  If you need any supplies or want to grab some retiring products before they are gone, you can shop now in my online store!  Remember, the Stampin’ Up! Retiring Products are 20%-50% off while supplies last!  There are only a few more days left to order, so act now!  Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions or if you would like a catalog.  I’m here to help!

Happy Stamping!

Heather

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Demonstrator Sign Up Special Available through June 30th!


Have you been considering joining Stampin’ Up! as a Demonstrator?  If so, now is a great time to join.  Between now and June 30, new recruits can join Stampin’ Up! at one of two great prices. Stampin’ Up! will continue to offer their traditional starter kit priced at $99 ($125 product value), but for four weeks only they will also be offering a reduced priced starter kit at the low price of $50 ($55 product value).  Drop me a note at handcraftingheather@icloud.com if you have any questions or if you’d like additional details.  I’d love to have you on my team!  You can read more information about the benefits of being a Demonstrator here.


Retiring Products – Only a few days left!

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Stampin’ Up! is offering a 25%-50% discount on many of the retiring products, but you have to act fast, as this special offer is only available until June 4, 2014 and only available while supplies last.  If you missed out on a product the first time, this is your last chance to get it before it’s gone for good!  Click here to go to my online store to start shopping!

Retiring Stamps (Available April 21-June 4, 2014, or while supplies last)

Retiring Accessories (Available April 21-June 4, 2014, or while supplies last)

If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now in the main menu or in the sidebar to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions.


 WEEKLY DEALS for May 27 – June 2

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Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through June 2.


Stampin’ Up! items used to create today’s project:

If you would like to order any of the products featured in today’s project, click the images below to order from my online store.


Card Stock Cuts (Cards)

Card Bases: Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, & Tangelo Twist – 4-1/4″ x 11″

Panels: Basic Gray, Island Indigo, Pistachio Pudding, & Hello Honey – 4″ x 5-1/4″; Very Vanilla – 3-3/4″ x 5″ (front of card), 4″ x 5-1/4″ (inside of card).