Wednesday, December 24, 2014


It sure is looking like Christmas around here. The packages are showing up all wrapped pretty like. There is so much joy in the anticipation of giving a gift. It just makes it all the more fun if it's beautiful besides!

I had these 5 matching gifts that needed to be wrapped. I also had part of my November Paper Pumpkin kit waiting for another inspiration. Suddenly I realized that the one was the answer for the other. What is even better was that it didn't take very long...

I also had some tags left from a class I did last winter... You know, it doesn't really matter. I have so many plans in my head for each year that somehow don't get finished. This year I'm grateful. My work was done last year already!

The red & white is so festive & showy against the blue box.

You can see the crease line on the side of the box? That is the original fold line from the card. It will come in quite handy when opening the box later...

I used the same twine, added the white snowflake under the blue one, just like the original card. (You can see the original here: November Paper Pumpkin Kit)

The size of this box is 4 1/4" square by 2" tall.

I started with a 8 1/4" square of Soft Sky cardstock (It matched the Paper Pumpkin card base) Then I scored 2" in on all sides & folded the sides up to create the box.

Then I cut the card from the Paper Pumpkin kit in half. Scored to match the sides of the box & adhered to the bottom & the bottom half of the box (staying below the original score line which now is across the middle of the side of the box. You can see how the box opens in the above photo.). My apologies, I did not take a picture nor keep records of the exact measurements. 

Here you can see why I cut the Paper Pumpkin card in half. It doesn't meet in the middle on the bottom... But you have to turn it bottom up to see it, so I say it doesn't matter.

And now they are all sitting pretty & ready...

Does this find you wishing you had a Paper Pumpkin kit like this to create with? You can sign up for your very own right here: MY PAPER PUMPKIN

Wishing you fun with your gift wrapping
& a Merry Christmas to you all,

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Monday, December 22, 2014


I have at least 1 more Christmas card to show you before Christmas is upon us...

A greeting card made to look like a gift.

I used Under the Tree designer series paper, doilies, gold baker's twine & a few accents. But really, even wrapping paper adhered to cardstock would work great!

I just like the feminine touch the doily brings!

May you find enough quiet moments where you can be grateful for what this season is really all about.

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Friday, December 19, 2014


I'll keep this short & simple.

I've used the same layout as previous cards. You can see them in previous posts.

Only this time I used the lovely newsprint paper. It's thin, which this time is a really good thing. It gives a more authentic look & feel to it. And some gold glimmer paper!


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Sometimes it is just fun to play with the stamps. The kits are wonderful. But when those cards are all made up & sent away, the fun isn't over.

My Pumpkin Challenge
I made these cards with the My Pumpkin Challenge in mind. You really need to check out what other beautiful things are made by  other wonderfully creative people with this same  kit by clicking on the image.

I also linked up to the Stampin' Up! Only Challenges. They have some beautiful work!

My Paper Pumpkin kit is all made up. (One more blog post coming with some beautiful gift wrapping, you will want to see that!) But I still have stamps & ink left!

With the stamps in the November 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit I wanted to try some ombre stamping.

I kept it to the Lost Lagoon ink & stamped off to get the lighter ink colors. (You stamp once on scrap paper before stamping onto the card front for the medium shade. Stamp twice onto scrap paper before stamping on the card front for the next lightest shade & so on. Stamping off the ink onto scrap paper brings you a lot of different shades of color with only 1 ink pad!)

I only used the November 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit stamps.

It's a clean & simple design using white paper. 

So really the only thing I needed to make a lot more cards was a package of Whisper White Cardstock & some Stampin' Dimensionals. 

Not bad, I'd say.

This one I tried slipping that baker's twine underneath the Merry Christmas sentiment. Wasn't the easiest thing to do. But I do kinda like the look it gives!

And here is the ombre style with the snowflake stamp!

I really stepped out of my box with that washi tape. 

(The washi tape came in the Paper Pumpkin kit. See here here how the original kit instructions say to do it.) 

That washi tape idea just stretches my imagination to the limit. Funny I know, but that is just how I am. I'm trying to try new things. So here I go!

I do like it because it is easy. It's easy for children. It looks care free. And I kinda like that for a change.

And I kept the inside simple as well:

May you find calm & the joy that a little simplicity brings this time of the year!

Oh, you wanted a Paper Pumpkin kit for yourself? Get your own, to your very own mailbox by signing up here!

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Friday, December 12, 2014


I am having a lot of fun with this Under the Tree Designer Series Paper. It helps that I like the kraft color, it also has a wonderful cardboard like stiffness to it. Nothing flimsy about this!

I used a larger banner framelit for this card so it would fit this stamp! It is from the 'Newborn King' stamp set. Don't you just like it when they put fancy fonts together with a plain one? I sure do!

And another thing to think about: I used the chipboard that comes with patterned paper to cut out these banners with. It gives a nice chunky feel. Plus you are throwing even less away!

This next card, if you look closely, you will see I used the stapler again! It is so handy for attaching that gold accent trim...

And you know what? In real time the greens on this card are the same. Not sure what happened here. And I don't know a lot of how to fix it.

So I'll just keep it real, once again.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014


I just want to mention a few items that you may be interested in...


Just take a look at those rose stamps! (or swirls... really it doesn't matter. Just whatever you need, hey! But I'm thinkin' roses right now.)

They caught my eye the first & aren't they just so adorable?! I can see many many beautiful cards made just with them! I'm thinking backgrounds on scrapbook pages & cards, embossed on white for wedding theme, coral & gold... Oh my.

This stamp set is photopolymer (also known as clear...) & priced at only $19.95! 

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And don't forget! There is a lot of nice product on the clearance rack!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Here is another Paper Pumpkin card.

Just for you!

This one I kept pretty much the same as the kit. Except for a few details. I added a silvery snowflake to the middle of my card. I like the splash that gives. I just adhered it to one side with the glue dots. 

I also used the dots & stars stamp that comes with the kit and did an all over background pattern behind the snowflakes. I like how it sets off the snowflakes. A little pattern is just a great addition.
See how that Merry Christmas is crooked? Sigh. It happens to me too. Especially on busy days. But I decided to be real. Now let's change the topic.

Here is the tag. Just a little different once again.

The tag is close to the same thing. Except I stamped the dots & stars on the white piece so it shows through where the letters are. Sometimes it is the little things that really make the tag. 

Or card.

Want to see the ones I designed first? Check them out :here.

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P.S. I shared these cards on My Pumpkin Challenge here. You should check out the gorgeous projects that the other girls made!
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Friday, December 5, 2014


It's my latest inspiration!

And my latest favorite.

Although, true to a crafter, I'm always dreaming up a new 'latest favorite'!

I used banner framelits & the hearts framelits, so it was a lot of Big Shot work. I would recommend using punches, especially if you make 30 of these in one day. Just sayin'.

I like the classy tone on tone that this card has. Along with the shimmer of gold in the twine & the ink.

Now since 30 cards barely gets me started on the cards I like to send, I'm off to make some more!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014


Here is the big reveal for the November Paper Pumpkin kit!

Fancy fold card here we come! And there was 8 beauties like this in the box!

Look at that pretty white & silver baker's twine! And the pretty snowflake stamp! I am pretty much liking all the stamps that came with this kit.

 Along with quite a number of these tags! (I didn't count...)

I'm saving the letters that punched out of these tags & am hoping to make something fun with them yet!

So these cards & tags I made just like the kit showed... and then I promptly played with some other ideas, but I'm saving those for another day!

So have you signed up for your Paper Pumpkin kit yet?
It's easy. It's fun. And I'll show you more ideas each month how to put yours together in different ways! How fabulous is that!

And if you do it now, your first kit will arrive in December, right in time for some easy creating during the holidays!

You can sign up here: MY PAPER PUMPKIN

'til next time....

Monday, November 24, 2014

A clean & simple design

Here is a super simple & easy card. 

Of course if you have the right punches &/ the Big Shot it will make it even easier for you. It is entirely possible to cut flags with scissors... It just takes a little longer & a little practice to get them even.

First I stamped the greeting, then used the banner framelits & the Big Shot & cut the banner.

Then I used the smallest heart from the heart framelits to cut the heart. (I do not have a small heart punch... )

 I layered the heart over the banner, punched a hole through both, then tied the linen thread. Then I used dimensionals to attach it to the card. You could glue your heart to the banner... it would be easier, but I liked the idea of the heart being able to swing.

I liked the natural texture of the woodgrain embossing folder. And the dazzling diamonds paper here I thought looked a little more elegant with Smoky Slate than with the Baked Brown Sugar, but that is entirely my own opinion.

And for this heart I used the itty bitty scraps from watercolor paper. It has its own texture & is a little thicker.

They are so simple & so fun & oh so elegant yet. And while I was at it I made a set of 8 of these 'believe' cards as Christmas cards... 

They are a great card to make multiples of. You just need your sentiment (you could print them off the computer to the size you want) and away you go! Happy Birthday, Thank-you, Happy Anniversary, Bridal Shower, Wedding,Sympathy here we come!

Happy creating to you,

How I did it:
*Naturals White Cardstock for the base (& embossed layers)
*Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, or Watercolor Paper or Real Red for the hearts.
*Baked Brown Sugar or Smoky Slate cardstock for the banner
*Memento Ink for the sentiment. (thanks & believe are from the Good Greetings & the Happy Birthday comes from the Postage Stamp Hostess Sets, both retired. But I do have new Good Greetings available if you are interested.)
*Woodgrain Embossing Folder
*Linen Thread or White Baker's Twine

Friday, November 21, 2014

I'm going to quick show you a few more ideas you can make with your feathers from the October 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit.

I have seen a card similar to this on Pinterest & had saved the picture so I could make my own version of this card.

The feather is from the October 2014 PP kit. The sentiment is from the August 2014 PP kit. The silver twirly detail is from the silver chunky baker's twine. I just pulled out the silver stuff! I colored the rhinestones with my blendabilities! I just really like being able to color embellishments to match and those markers do it beautifully!

Here is a close up:

I just like that staple. It's still causing a happy smile on my face! And I am so glad I added that silver ink to the edge of that feather.

The colors are Smoky Slate, Melon Mambo & Naturals White cardstock. Silver ink. 

And because my name is Jane & I like to try many variations, here is another twist with the same colors & details:

Another color combo coming right up:

This one is Baked Brown Sugar, & Naturals White cardstock with Gold Ink. I used the leftover chipboard from the Pom Pom maker in the October 2014 PP kit for the feather & the bird. I used Staz-On Ink on the feather & embossed the feather on the bird with white embossing powder. Just because I do funny things like that. That beautiful simple sentiment?! It comes from the July 2014 PP kit! I just really like that one..

And by the way, I still have brand new kits, still in their boxes. Just holler out to me in the comment section below if there is one you would like before it's gone. You can have them for $25 plus shipping.


Just sign up for your own.
Right here: My Paper Pumpkin

It's easy. It's fun.
Because I said.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Snowman Globe Christmas

I like snowmen. They make winter ever so much more cheerful.

This is the first ever shaker card I've made. It always looked like you needed so many extra supplies that it scared me off at first. But really, I needed the shaker frames. They are like dimensionals, just circles, and sticky on both sides so you can keep all the glitter fun contained. And a window sheet so you can see all that glitter when it moves!

Here is a close up of the card:

Here is how I did it:

First I stamped the snowman & colored with blendabilities. Then added a hint of blue to the sky with a water pen.

Then I added the shaker frame & added a snowflake and some glitter. Then add a window sheet cut just bigger than the shaker frame.

Using framelits & Big Shot, or a punch, cut your circle (or whatever shape you wish) in the cardstock. Make sure it is just smaller than the shaker frame you used or you will see it through the front.

Next I embossed the front cardstock & assembled card. You will want to add this last layer with dimensionals so it all lays right.

1st layer is the card base.
2nd layer is your shaker frame set (snowman, glitter, & window sheets).
3 layer is the top embossed layer of the card.

Now I'm off to make another card,

Monday, November 17, 2014

Penguin Punch Art

I attended the Stampin' Up! Fall Conference this past weekend & spent some time with some amazing & inspiring demonstrators. I learned some new things, & came home with some new stamps!

There was a card contest. Everyone had the opportunity to enter a card design and qualify for a chance to win $50 worth of Stampin’ Up! product. Who can't use that?!

Here is what I was told:
The cards must be of a suitable design to be donated to the Ronald MacDonald House Charity,
Here is the judging criteria;
1)      Full card (no fronts please)
2)      Bright and cheery, image only stamps used (no text, or sentiments make this difficult)
3)      Size 5 ½ by 4 ¼ inches
4)      Submit with a suitable white mailing envelope
5)      Use current product only (definitely increases the challenge)
6)      Attach a ‘Post It Note’ to the back of the card with your name (and demonstrator ID number, if you are a demonstrator).
You are allowed to submit only one design, but you can donate as many cards as you want at the conference, of that design.  The cards will be donated to the Ronald MacDonald House after the conference. 

When I thought about making a card that someone who needed to be at Ronald McDonald house could use, I thought it needed to be fun. And recently I had been inspired with penguins. I had seen the cute penguin card Michelle Zindorf had done & it was high on my 'to make' list. {see Michelle's penguin card here}

Here is a copy of a card that is similar to the one I submitted. (I guess some things get missed sometimes...)

There were so many ways to do penguins. With hats, with wings up or down. Or with flowers or bows... One of the tricks I found that helped to make him look more like a penguin & less like a leggy owl was to adhere the punched feet section so only a little of the feet & toes showed. 
The penguin himself was more like the one on this next card. I couldn't submit this one because that border punch is retired... so I took the liberty & added the 'Merry Christmas'

And guess what! My card won. I was so shocked. I can still hardly believe it. Thanks to all those demonstrators who voted for my card. Thank-you so much.

Have a wonderful day,

Here is how I did it:
*All DSP (designer series paper) is from the All Is Calm set. I thought that paper worked really well for a snowy background.
*A torn piece of Whisper White created the snow.
*Owl Builder Punch & the bird builder punch for the wings.
*Real Red cotton ribbon, Silver 1/8 ribbon, Cherry Cobbler Baker's twine, snowflakes from the Frosted Sequins, Pumpkin Pie cardstock for the beak & feet. The rest is Silver Glimmer paper, Whisper White,  Lost Lagoon, & Basic Black cardstock 
*I used the regular stapler & the googly eyes were from the dollar store.

Friday, November 14, 2014

October's Paper Pumpkin: FEATHER FUN!

When I was finished assembling my kit from October, I still had some fun details left. I used my Feather's Framelits to cut these charming feathers from the pom pom maker! I am really loving how chunky they look! And then I rubbed the edges on my Gold glimmer ink pad to give them that burnished look! The sentiment is also stamped with the same gold ink.

 And now here's a close up of that gold beauty:

The colors I used here were Naturals white, Crisp Canteloupe & Baked Brown Sugar cardstock. The baker's twine came from a Tag A Bag kit. And the gold washi tape is a first for me, but I like the detail it gives. I layered one right over the other.

And here is another version. (do you know me yet?! I have to try at least 2 variations of every card I make...) This one I used the black twine from the September Paper Pumpkin kit.

I used the Naturals White, Black & Baked Brown Sugar cardstock for this card. 

Don't you want your own Paper Pumpkin kit?
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And guess what! I still have some more fun details left from my kits, 
I'll be showing you more on another day!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cardinal Christmas

Here is a cheery cardinal for you!

All you need is the bird builder punch to make that beauty! The black mask is from the wing tip. And that wing makes the crest as well. And the extra tail is just another layer! I used a white gel pen for the white highlights.

 Here is the kraft version:

I used the kraft wrapping paper from SU! for the back of this card. You could make alot of cards with that! I just like those diagonal stripes! 

I'm off to make another card!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Weekly Deals & A Brand New Stamp Set!

There is a brand new stamp set just released today! It is a photopolymer stamp set called Banner Blessings.  (Photopolymer is just the fancy word for clear stamps, you can see through them.)

You can see it on the Stampin' Up! website here: Banner Blessings

On the Stampin' Up! blog  there are a number of cards created by the artist who designed this set.  I liked some of her ideas. You can see them here.

I really like the idea of scripture verses on cards. I also like these verses quite well. Another thing I really like about these is that they look like chalk! How adorable!

The only thing I do not like, and I will say this very quietly: I wish they were wood mount.  My customers know this quite well already. And the ones who prefer the photopolymer shake their heads. That's okay. It just seems fussy to me when I have to find the clear block that fits, then peal the stamp off the acetate, put onto block, ink, stamp, clean, peel off & put both block & stamp away. And you cannot even just throw into the container like a wood mount! 

Yes, the photopolymer stamp sets costs less. That is a huge bonus for these stamps. And you don't have to know how to use a Stamp-a-ma-jig to position your image where you want it. You can see through the block & stamp & all!

But sigh, they only come in photopolymer. So if I like the stamp set enough, I will buy it. 

What are your favorite stamps? Do you prefer to spend less & have lots? Or are you like me & they need to work like you want them too? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter,

Weekly Deals are posted here.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Paper Pumpkin: More from the September 2014 kit

Do you still have a few Paper Pumpkin accessories left? How about those stamps? Here are some fun ideas of how you can keep creating...

These first ones I kept pretty simple. The clothes pin, sequin trim & labels are from the September 2014 kit. The celebrate stamp is from the June 2014 kit.

The motorcycle & race car are retired stamps, but just gotta love them for the masculine flair!

 This one I pulled sequins off the trim & just adhered with glue dots. Simple & shiny!

Here I used a burlap bag that I cut apart. The 'Eat Something Sweet' stamp set is really the only usable one from the September 2014 kit according to my opinion.

 Here I used the Blackberry Bliss tag as a fold over. (I'm supposing it was supposed to be tombstone shape...) I glued it onto the card base at the bag, creased it and folded over the front. I wrapped the sequin trim around the embossed Lost Lagoon paper & glued to the back before adhering to the card base.

Here I used the burlap as a frame. (The burlap is really the only Paper Pumpkin item on these 2 cards.) I cut it square & just pulled threads until I thought it looked about right. I managed to use glue runner to glue it down! This first one I used blushing bride, soft suede & newsprint designer series paper.

This one I used Lost Lagoon instead of pink. I have been really falling in love with this color!

Do you want your own Paper Pumpkin? Today is the last day to sign up for November's kit! (And because I really don't know what comes, but I'm guessing it will be Christmas...)

Sign up here:My Paper Pumpkin