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.

Sign up for your own kit here: MY PAPER PUMPKIN


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....